Hard-working Ajax left empty-handed

Hard-working Ajax left empty-handed

Ajax deserved more than an unlucky 1-0 defeat at PSV in Eindhoven. Danny Blind's team faced an early deficit, worked very hard but were never able to catch up. Again, Ajax lacked scoring power. ,,Today, we could have gotten a good result here'', said Danny Blind.

The key moment of this season's PSV - Ajax came after eleven minutes in the first half. In an attempt to prevent Jefferson Farfán from breaking through Ajax's defence, Urby Emanuelson made a sliding. Farfán willingly went to the ground and PSV were awarded a penalty by referee Pieter Vink. A seemingly innocent attempt by Emanuelson was punished harshly with a penalty and a yellow card. Too harshly, Blind and PSV coach Hiddink agreed. Timmy Simons' goal, the Belgian midfielder converted the spot kick, proved to be the winning goal.

Ajax were well-organised and, through good efforts by Zdenek Grygera, Hedwiges Maduro and goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg, left striker Koné without any real chances to score. On the other side, striker Ryan Babel, who was picked ahead of Anastasiou and Rosenberg, was unlucky with his attempts. Wesley Sneijder and Nigel de Jong couldn't find the goal either.

It was an unnecessary loss for Ajax, who are now eight points behind first place in the Dutch league. A draw, or even a win would have done more justice to this edition of PSV - Ajax. The Amsterdam team's play was well above average, the result again below the Ajax standard.