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PSV head coach Guus Hiddink announced at the customary post-match press conference that PSV had once again shown mental resilience needed to wrap up a league game. His FC Utrecht colleague Foeke Booy said that the winning goal, scored by Jefferson Farfán, 'brought us down with a bump'. Mental resilience "I'm delighted having clinched a win here. We realized beforehand that we are always given a hard time here, in spite of the favourable statistics", felt Hiddink. "We scored a fine first half goal, but created hardly any more chances in the first period. We knew Utrecht would move forward after the break and when they scored an early equalizer, we sounded the alarm. We tried to get back in the game as quickly as possible. They are a strong side and can be menace, which they showed on a number of occasions. Yet as we showed mental resilience and were lucky with our substitutions, we could wrap up the game after all. It is great feeling.” Hiddink thought “it was an exciting and action-packed game to watch; both teams created thrilling moments in the boxes." "Absolute top"Foeke Booy said that he anticipated an FC Utrecht goal, when the scoreline was 1-1, but PSV scored the winning goal out of the blue. "We were the dominating side in the second half. We have put in an excellent performance and scored a goal from a set piece. We increased the pace of the game and PSV were shaking. So their second goal felt like a cold shower and it brought us down with a bump. I think it is cruel to suffer such an undeserved defeat. But that’s what distinguishes a great side from a good side. PSV are capable of creating something out of nothing, which is a great asset. They play in almost Italian fashion and I don’t mean that in a derogatory sense. But, once again, we put in a good display, much better anyway than during our previous game, away against FC Twente", concluded Booy, who added that he thought PSV are 'more mature' than the other title-contenders.