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PSV returned to winning ways as Kenneth Perez 's double helped secure a 4-1 win over FC Utrecht at the Philips Stadium in Saturday night and have moved top of the table again. Perez scored goals either side of the break, while Lazovic and Koevermans added two goals for a rampant PSV.

PSV wish to end the year in style, picking up maximum points from their three remaining fixtures. While Sef Vergoossen and Huub Stevens were watching attentively, PSV cleared the first hurdle with an emphatic 4-1 victory. PSV dominated proceedings and did not have much to fear from Van Hanegem's team in the first half, who only played attacking football after the break. Kenneth Perez put in a commanding performance and his double put the icing on the cake. PSV will be next in action two more times this year. They first travel to the north of Holland to face FC Groningen on Boxing Day, before they play host to NAC Breda at the Philips Stadium on Sunday 30 December to conclude the first part of the season.
PSV caretaker coach Jan Wouters handed a start to Kenneth Perez, who made his 250th appearance in the Eredivisie. The home side put the FC Utrecht defence under pressure from the kick off, but did not create any clear cut chances in the opening stages. PSV opened the scoring after fifteen minutes. Farfán, who made his 100th Eredivisie start in PSV colours, delivered a cross from the right wing. Lazovic headed on target and Grandel lived up to his reputation. The FC Utrecht goalkeeper did not push the ball away, but somehow managed to let the ball escape his grasp, leaving Perez with the easiest of goals. The Dane calmly tapped the ball home, taking his season's tally to six. The visitors threatened on the counter-attack after twenty minutes, but Leroy George just failed to connect with a cross from the left flank. Ten minutes later the home crowd rose to their feet, when Lazovic was put clear, but when one to one with Grandel, the Serb striker hesitated and had his tame effort easily saved.
The visitors burst out of the blocks after the restart. George sprinted away and collected a long ball before blasting home the equaliser. PSV needed some time to recover, but again took the lead on the hour mark. Keller poorly cleared Zonneveld's cross. The ball fell to Lazovic, who unleashed a powerful left-footed shot that flew past Grandel. Three minutes later PSV struck again, when Perez made his mark again. The Dane scored his second goal of the night and his seventh of the season. He was at the end of a clever attack and gave Grandel no chance with a superb drive.

PSV had put the result beyond doubt and with the clock ticking away, they comfortably controlled the game. Koevermans was brought on fifteen minutes from time to replace Lazovic and Aissati left the bench to take over from Perez. Five minutes from time, Grandel saved a header from Farfán, but Koevermans was in the right place to add a fourth goal. Good tidings for PSV, who bagged three points tonight.