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20 aug 2007 - Source:

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Match winner Ibrahim Afellay, who scored the crucial opening goal in PSV's 2-0 win over Heracles and who was worthy of being named 'man of the match', was modest about his performance and contribution, but PSV head coach Ronald Koeman announced at the post-match press conference that the midfielder had been by far the best man on the pitch. “We have all three points in the bag and that's what matters most. Actually it is irrelevant who scored the goals”, explained Afellay.
“I've picked up several knocks and bruises”, informed Afellay the assembled press who had surrounded him after the game. “Heracles are a tough team and relish physical challenge and we knew beforehand we would be given precious little space. We created two proper chances in the first half, putting on a decent display. We kept our composure and struck at the appropriate moment. We played as a team. The result is all that matters and it is actually irrelevant who scored the goals.”

Ronald Koeman was also content with the result. “I thought we played well in the first half. We managed to pass the ball around and created two to three chances. The second half was different, though. It looked more an evenly contested game, after they had brought on Gluscevic as an extra striker. We were sloppy at times and the game could go either way. In the end we took maximum points, as Ibrahim Afellay was outstanding. He was by far the best player on the pitch. He is developing rapidly into one of our key players. We showed dedication and aggression and I think we deserved to win.”
Heracles boss Ruud Brood was upset his team had not managed to snatch one point. “It really is a shame. I didn't think we would concede a goal during the closing stages, as we had not conceded anything before. It's too bad we slipped to defeat after all, but I must pay a compliment to my players because they fought right to the end.”