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A review of the match reports of the sc Heerenveen-PSV tie in the Dutch morning papers learns that virtually all sports writers bring up the topic of PSV winning the Dutch title.Below you will find a survey.'Even though PSV confirm the prejudice of their cool, efficient and business-like way of playing, the team are the undisputed first-choice candidate for winning the Dutch title’, is the conclusion of de Volkskrant in their introduction. ‘The ragging of Heerenveen striker Klaas Jan Huntelaar in the frosty cold Abe Lenstra Stadium was typical of the subtle performance of top-of-the-table PSV.’AD Sportwereld pays tribute to keeper Gomes. 'When he was doing his warming-up PSV goalkeeper Gomes was shivering so persistently that his team mates might have thought he was not able to cope with the frosty cold.But the Brazilian pulled off his most crucial save of the season during the sc Heerenveen tie.When PSV were defending a slender 1-0 lead, he saved a penalty kick of Heerenveen top scorer Klaas Jan Huntelaar.'De Telegraaf is most emphatic of all papers: 'PSV are roaring straight to their eighteenth title', felt the reporter of the biggest national newspaper. ‘PSV have restored a four-point gap at the top of the Eredivisie by collecting three hard-fought points in the Abe Lenstra Stadium against sc Heerenveen. The 0-3 win painted too rosy a picture, but the professional way in which PSV controlled one of the toughest away games of the season is characteristic of a side on their way to winning the championship. The headline was: ‘PSV clever and sharp’.The paper also referred to the crucial moment of the game: the penalty kick taken by Huntelaar. Heerenveen trainer Gertjan Verbeek is quoted that ‘the penalty should have been taken again, as there was far too much time between the offence and conversion’. De Telegraaf sports writer looks upon this statement as an unrealistic plan, caused by frustration. It is pretty obvious the Heerenveen coach was frustrated, though, as there was a clear link between the uproar and his failure to convert the penalty, although Huntelaar himself begs to differ. “I thought to myself: I will not allow them to make me lose my concentration. I will be the stronger. Kennedy once said: if you don’t dare to fail, you will never have a chance to succeed. I feel that’s a great statement which says it all”, explained the former PSV player.'PSV stay cool in icy weather conditions', is the headline of the Eindhovens Dagblad. 'The most warm-blooded PSV players of all people turned out the coolest in an icy Heerenveen. On the hour mark Heurelho da Silva Gomes saved a penalty at a moment that PSV might have dropped two precious points in their challenge for the championship. Jefferson Farfán scored a brace and gave the assist for the opening goal, thus making sure of three points for the Eindhoven side’ is the conclusion drawn by the writer of the Eindhovens Dagblad. 'PSV made a deep impression with a reliable, concentrated and disciplined team performance.’