PSV Eindhoven manager Phillip Cocu described his side's 3-2 victory over AZ Alkmaar on Saturday evening as a spirited and passionate display.
PSV had to come from a goal down against the Cheeseheads in their opening Eredivisie fixture at the Philips Stadion after Dabney dos Santos opened the scoring in the 18th minute. It was a poor start to the new season for the Dutch giants who were also dumped out of the Europa League this week.
However, off-season signing Hirving Lozano got Cocu's men on level terms on the half hour mark with a neat finish, before Gaston Pereiro and Marco Van Ginkel added a second a third in the second-half.
Wout Weghorst's penalty in the 81st minute added some nerves in the final stages but Boeren held out to secure a morale boosting victory for the under pressure head coach – who's mandate is to secure the league title this season.
"We put in a spirited and passionate display but it takes two to tango. Both teams wanted to play attacking football," he told reporters. "It was a really good game.
"AZ dominated parts of the game but we also showed attacking threat. I was impressed by the pace and movement of our forward lime and by the way Lozano created space," Cocu added. "It was a spectacular game and it's nice to start the new season with three points.
"We had one thing on our minds. Play our hearts out and get the crowd behind us. I think we did pretty well today. Of course there is room for improvement but we will take the positives into the next game."