,,We had the chances, but did not convert them’’, Adrie Koster said after Ajax had lost the traditional against PSV (0-2). ,,PSV were more effective than we were.’'
The Ajax coach was visibly shaken during the press conference after - PSV. After the draw with Vitesse (2-2) on Sunday, the loss at the hands of PSV also had a negative impact on Koster's mood. The clash between the league leaders from Eindhoven and number two Ajax was decided in a few moments.
Luis Suarez played an important part in the first major moment of Ajax - PSV. Faced with goalkeeper Gomes, the Ajax forward curled the ball just wide. Suarez could have given his team a deserved lead. Thirty minutes later, the visitors converted their first chance into a goal. Balász Dzsudzsák struck from 18 metres out and scored: 0-1.
The tone had been set after the two moments in the first half. PSV were more effective and needed fewer chances to achieve more.
Kenneth Perez had a good chance after an hour, but he waited too long. And four Ajax players surfaced right before Gomes when Perez took a free kick, but none of them did anything with it.
In five minutes, Ajax - PSV was decided for good. Gomes saved a open shot by Suarez and minutes later Otman Bakkal fired the ball into the back of te net on the other side: 0-2. It was the killing blow. Koster: ,,If we would have made it 1-1, we would have been right back in it. Very disappointing.’’
Edgar Davids made the evening even more disappointing, when he took out his frustrations on an opponent and was shown a red card. The captain wil miss Sunday's clash with Feyenoord.
,,Of course this loss is a setback, but it isn't over'', Koster said. ,,We have to give it our best against Feyenoord non Sunday. PSV can lose to AZ this weekend, and in that case the league is wide-open again.’’ The difference between PSV and Ajax is eight points since Wednesday.