ADO Den Haag 1 v 0 Vitesse
Outside the stadium before kick-off, several supporters groups were collecting money in hope of raising several thousand Euros to put towards a huge display for the last home game of the season against Groningen, to show their thanks and appreciation to the players and management for the fantastic season. A sell out crowd on Saturday night and a mass of flags and colour greeted the teams on to the pitch in a wonderful atmosphere. The fans of ADO are planning to do this at every home game from now on, increasing their reputation as the best fans in Holland.
Before the match kicked-off there was a one minutes silence as a mark of respect to those who had died earlier that day in the shootings in Alphan aan den Rijn. Unfortunately some idiots shouted out that marred the mark of respect. They should feel ashamed iof themselves.
A good sign of ADO’s strength in depth was the fact they could put out a strong team despite injuries and suspensions to the regular first choice team. There is more good news for ADO fans as Radosavljevic this week sign for another two seasons, now a case of getting other first team players to sign similar deals and keep this growing squad together.
The game itself was a dire, boring affair. At times it looked as the ADO players had been newly introduced. There were so many bad misplaced passes, it was unreal. From the start it was certainly clear that the game was not going to be a spectacle. Both teams were losing possession far too easily, too many people with heads down running around like headless chickens. It soon had the atmosphere level in the stands dropping by the minute.
The game sparkled just after the twelfth minute/ Bulykin collected the ball on the edge of the box and played the ball wide right to Toornstra. His cross was aimed at the far post but was over hit. It looked as though the bal was rolling out of play until Leeuwin managed to keep it in play. A first time cross was head back across goal by Buijs, as the ball fell, Kubik with his back to goal tried a spectacular overhead kick, looked good but didn’t threat Eloy Room in the Vitesse goal.
Twenty minutes played when Vitesse move forward. A sublime bit of pass and move by Nemanja Matic, Wilfried Bony and Ismail Aissati eventually allowed Matic to get clear and face Coutinho one on one. Coutinho kept his nerve and saved bravely at the feet of Matic.
I the twenty eighth minute ADO got a throw-in on the right, taken long by Buijs into the penalty box causing a panicked clearance by the Vitesse defence for another throw-in on the left. This time the throw was taken by Bosschaart, again a long throw that wasn’t dealt with by Vitesse. The ball is first headed on by Bulykin, then on again by Kubik and then a third header by Buijs. Room got it all wrong and just flapped in front of Buijs as he placed his header in to the back of the net; terrible defending by the visitors, 1-0.
Just as the half was coming to an end, Vitesse almost got an equalizer. A long ball played up to Matic was controlled well, his simple lay-off back to the on coming Davy Propper saw a shot hit firmly towards goal but straight at Coutinho, whose handling was excellent clasping the ball close to his body.
Well the first half was slow and the second half was even slower. For fifteen minutes Vitesse were the dominant team as ADO deteriorated by the minute. Bony and Aissati pulled the strings and orchestrated the play unhindered by ADO lack less midfield. Despite all the possession; Vitesse had no finish to a move, either the final pass went astray or the final shot was a tame effort directly at Coutinho.
In the fifty seventh minute ADO awoke from their semi-conscious state and moved up the to half way with Derijck in control of the ball. His defence splitting pass was timed to the millisecond allowing Kubik to stay onside. Kubik met the ball at full speed and fired a shot that only missed by centimetres.
The game again went in to a period of boredom. The atmosphere had died; it was getting painful to watch as the game progressed. ADO was trying to run the clock down and inadvertently sloppily gave the ball away inside their own half i the eighty fifth minute. Aissati pounced on the loose ball and played a ball into the box for Marco van Ginkel to chase, he was just about to shoot when in slid Kum from nowhere, his sliding tackle was perfection, taking the ball cleanly in a dangerous area, but hurting himself in the process.
In the last minute of the game ADO could have save several fingers from being bitten to the bone. A long ball over the top of the Vitesse midfield saw Bulykin out muscle Frank van der Struijk to then tip a ball into space were Kubik arrived totally unmarked. It seemed easier to score than miss, but that is what he did, he rushed his shot, hit it hard and it went wide of the post, not even forcing Room into a save.
The final whistle was met with relief from the fans and players alike. I suppose you can forgive ADO a bad day at the office after all the superb performances of late. However, if Vitesse had more confident forwards, ADO could have been caught out easily. ADO got away with the poor performance which was the main thing for a very happy John van den Brom.
This result puts ADO in to fourth place in the Eredivisie. A tough game next Saturday at FC Twente could be pivotal in ADO’s season. A win there would get ADO closer to a European spot without the need for a play-off drama.
ADO man of the match: Danny Buijs; involved in a lot of ADO’s moves early on and of course scored the only goal of the game.