ADO v Roda JC

 ADO Den Haag 1 v 3 Roda JC

After a great pre season, one in which ADO won all their games; reality came back with a bump at the first game of the season last weekend when they lost 3-1 at Vitesse Arnhem. The game against Roda JC was greatly anticipated by the home fans, looking forward to seeing the new team set up and give the new players a proper welcome.

The game got off to a great start for ADO. Instantly in attack mode, they came on to Roda direct from the beginning. After only four minutes they took the lead after a cross in from the right was met by new boy Frantisek Kubik who scrambles the ball into the back of the net, 1-0.

After ADO’s goal the match went crazy, fast attacking play from both teams setting up for what became one hell of a first halves entertainment. In the eighth minute Roda were awarded a penalty after Anouar Hadouir played a ball inside from the left towards Mads Junker, who let the ball run through to Mortin Skoubo who fell easily under the challenge from Christian Kum just inside the penalty area. Junker took the penalty kick and placed it to the bottom right hand corner, Gino Coutinho in the ADO goal managed to get his finger tips to the shot, but to no avail, 1-1.

After four minutes Roda took the lead. A great one two between Junker and Skoubo created space and the ball in to Laurent Delorge left the chasing Toornstra bamboozled and helpless to make any challenge. The shot by Delorge was not cleanly hit but still managed to get past the outstretched hand of Coutinho, 1-2.

After Roda had taken the lead, ADO attacked constantly and only some brave and wild defending by the Roda backline prevented ADO grabbing that all important equalizer before the halt time interval. It was backs to the wall for Roda, but some how they kept their goal intact.

In the forty fourth minute, Roda should have been down to 10 men. Toornstra plays Kubik in on goal; it looks a simple one on one with the keeper until the aptly named Eric Addo forces him off balance from behind. A clear goal scoring opportunity and Addo is very lucky only to be shown a yellow card when it should have been red. Ricky v/d Bergh took the resulting free kick and hit it just over the bar, Roda very lucky to escape more punishment from that tackle/ foul.

In the final seconds of the half, Roda keeper Przemyslaw Tyton got himself a yellow card for persistently wasting long periods of time whilst lining up goal and free kicks in his area. That yellow card brought the biggest cheer of the day.

The second half lacked the frenzied passion of the first half, a much slower game with calculated moves being played out instead of the blood and thunder football of the first half.

In the seventy first minute Roda played some excellent controlled football through the midfield forcing the ball through to Jimmy Hempte, whose angled run in from the right side left him in space. He kept his composure and lashed an unstoppable shot past Coutinho that no keeper would have stopped, a great goal by the visitors, 1-3.

ADO certainly had their chances to get themselves back in to the match. Toornstra and v/d Bergh both guilty of missing guilt edged chances. It just was not a day for ADO’s players to hit the back of the net. This was not down to blatant wasteful opportunities, but Tyton was part man part octopus, throwing limbs in all directions to deflect the ball away to safety.

A disappointing result for the Haagenaars, but from the way they stuck to their game plan of wing play and pass and move with hardly any long hopeful balls up front looks very promising. I think that after a few more days on the training ground this new system and style of play will be fine tuned and ADO will be attacking the opposition with great gusto from then on.

Roda JC came to stifle ADO from the onset. Any team that has its goalkeeper booked for time wasting in the first half certainly came with the wrong attitude; but they got the three points so they will go home happy. A little more concentration at the back by ADO would have seen them through this game. The new players and new systems in the team all need to have their adjustments fine tuned before firing on all cylinders. I am sure all will become fluid sooner rather than later.

Well as I am someone who is superstitious and always looking for omens etc. I am not too disheartened by the first two defeats this season, actually quietly happy about it. The last two seasons, ADO had lousy pre season games and results and started off the season really well. After six or seven matches ADO then went on a steep decline ending up both seasons fighting for survival. This time around, great pre season and have lost the first two matches. Now I hope to see the final twist and see ADO begin to get their rewards in around a months time and by the end of the season be in mid table security Here’s hoping!

ADO man of the match: Wesley Verhoek, Ran tirelessly down the wings creating chance after chance for ADO.

Attendance: 9, 859

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