ADO Den Haag 1 v 0 Swansea City
There is a bond bwteen the fans of ADO Den Haag and Swansea City. There can be seen at ADO’s league games the occasional Swansea flag in attendance. The fact that there were a couple of former ADO players in the Swansea line up, plus their chairman is an ADO supporter from The Hague; made it for a night full of friendship all around.
As I approached the stadium I could see and hear both sets of fans laughing and singing together, despite the wet conditions. Inside the ground there were pockets of Swansea fans everywhere sitting along side their hosts. The banter between the fans was great, lots of barracking of each other, all done with smiles and laughter. This is how football should be!
Unfortunately what occurred on the pitch certainly wasn’t what football should be. From the kick off it was clear neither team wanted to go on a forceful attack. Both teams aware that their football seasons start soon and took this is a laid back training match with nothing at stake.
ADO made the earlier efforts, Verhoek was a constant source of ammunition to the ADO forwards from the right wing, but apart from Immers, no other team mate was making the effort to join up and support Immers.
Immers got his reward in the seventeenth minute. No surprises that it was a deep cross in from the right by Verhoek that caused fellow Dutchman Dorus de Vries in the Swansea goal to scramble across his goal line, but unable to prevent Immers squeezing the ball in at the far post, to make it 1-0.
Unfortunately the rest of the game became a bore. There were a few signs from by teams of huffing and puffing, but nothing to really raise the pulse rate. Only the fans of both teams made it fun to be there.
I am pleased to say that was the last pre season friendly and next week the football starts for real. I think that ADO will create a few shocks this season. They have some good new talent at their disposal. The new manager has them working in a new style of play, more attacking and less long high balls. It should be a great season with no final day pressure to survive in the Eredivisie for another season.
So go along and get bums on seats. Enjoy the atmosphere and support your local club!
ADO man of the match: Wesley Verhoek. His powerful runs down the right wing caused Swansea many defensive headaches.
Attendance: 4, 359