By Alex Livie
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Ajax ended a tough week on a high with a win at Roda, while AZ and PSV both won.Ajax ended a turbulent week on a high with a 2-1 win at Roda JC, while AZ Alkmaar and PSV Eindhoven both won at the top of the table.
The Amsterdam titans slipped out of the Uefa Cup on Thursday and the defeat at Auxerre prompted coach Ronald Koeman to fall on his sword.
With Koeman vacating his position, Ajax headed to Kerkrade on a real low but they provided their beleaguered supporters with some much-needed cheer with a three-point haul.
First-half goals from Angelos Charisteas and Julien Escude were enough for Ajax to cement their third-place position in the Eredivisie.
Cristiano set up an entertaining final 25 minutes when reducing the arrears for Roda, but Ajax held on to claim the spoils.
AZ Alkmaar kept their title charge on track with a 3-1 win at Willem II.
AZ have been in fine form for much of the season and they had too much quality for Willem II despite falling behind on 25 minutes to a Jatto Ceesay strike.
Barry van Galen has been a huge influence on AZ this term and he netted either side of half time to hand them the advantage, with their other goal coming from Olaf Lindenbergh.
PSV remain at the head of affairs after winning 3-0 at Heerenveen. Park Ji-sung's goal on 39 minutes set them on their way, but they had to wait until the final ten minutes to seal the points - Jefferson Farfan netting a brace.
Dirk Kuyt, Salomon Kalou and Shinji Ono were on target in Feyenoord's 3-0 win over struggling RBC Roosendaal.
Den Bosch remain adrift at the foot of the table, as they were beaten 2-1 at home by Vitesse Arnhem.
Vitesse claimed the points thanks to goals from Michael Jansen and Richard Knopper, with Dennis Schulp netting for Den Bosch.
ADO Den Haag eased their relegation fears with a 1-0 win over Utrecht, Edson Silva popping up with the winner with five minutes left on the clock.