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It should have been a festive occasion for PSV Eindhoven; their 300th game in UEFA competition and a chance to build on the 3-0 matchday two victory over SSC Napoli against the bottom team in Group F, AIK. Instead, following the 1-1 draw at the PSV Stadion, it was visiting captain Nils-Eric Johansson who was left with a feeling of regret that his side did not take all three points to Sweden. PSV goalscorer Jeremain Lens, meanwhile, admitted that neither he nor his team-mates could "find that extra gear", with defender Timothy Derijck branding the performance "unacceptable".
Jeremain Lens, PSV forward
Even though we went behind, we still didn't really manage to raise our game – we couldn't find that extra gear. Maybe it was to do with the opposition – they dropped deep and slowed the tempo and we got sucked in. It is not that we don't think the UEFA Europa League is important enough – it's a stage on which you can show what you can do and raise your profile, and that means winning games like this. I didn't really mind that I wasn't playing as a centre-forward this evening. I can play on either wing or through the middle. Wherever I am, I try to make something happen.
Timothy Derijck, PSV defender
Drawing against AIK at home is obviously unacceptable. We put them under a lot of pressure but didn't create much, and they scored with one of the few chances they had. They played with five in the middle and we had difficulty finding a way through. People say we're missing Mark van Bommel and Ola Toivonen, but their replacements are also good, otherwise they wouldn't be at PSV. It's true that it may take a while for us to establish a new rhythm, but we should still be winning games like these.
Nils-Eric Johansson, AIK defender
When you look at it objectively, considering who we were playing and where, a point is a good result. On the other hand, we were up 1-0 with ten minutes to go, so we are also disappointed we didn't hold out for the win. It was nice to come here – it's a different kind of pressure than in the domestic competition – but we lost our first two group matches so we knew if we want to progress we had to take something from tonight's game. We're quite a young side in terms of European competition, yet we want to gain experience by getting points – we're not just coming to make up the numbers. Our fans were amazing. They even wanted more tickets than their allocation, and the support they gave us was fantastic.
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