NAC Breda 4 v 0 ADO
ADO came into this game with a huge list of absentees; Ahmed Ammi (knee), Horvath (calf), Vicento (ankle), van Duinen (metatarsal) and Leeuwin (knee) are all injured. Radosavljevic is suspended and finally Ebi Smolarek was deemed not to be match fit. So from the start it looked as though it was going to be an up hill battle to get any points from the game against a team sitting below ADO in the Eredivisie table.
Straight from the kick-off NAC went for ADO. They stormed forward immediately putting the Visitors defensive backline under pressure. Within the first five minutes NAC had already won several corners, Stanley Elbers clearing off his own goal line, ADO had not even got out of their own half.
In the sixth minute NAC took a deserved lead, from a corner on the right that was aimed at the far post was headed back towards goal where ex ADO player Santi Kolk prodded the ball home, 1-0.
ADO still did not learn their lesson and NAC continued to pound the ADO penalty area and after eleven minutes got a second goal. Kolk is at the centre of things again and after a pass another former ADO player Kees Luijckx puts the ball away for a 2-0 lead.
ADO players were playing like a group of strangers. ADO only got a bit of possession due to NAC taking the pressure off them. They had got the two goal lead and ADO were a wounded animal waiting to be picked off. The home fans were creating an amazing amount of noise in the stands; and despite that, you could still hear the hardy seventy two ADO fans high behind the goal trying to urge their team on.
For the first ten minutes of the second half, ADO looked to be a different team, they looked up for a battle and a fight back, Elbers was making runs down the right wing and twice in a minute the ball fell to Verhoek, who on both occasions smashed the ball wildly over the bar. These two efforts proved to be ADO’s last chances as their spirit soon died.
Coutinho in the ADO goal did his best to keep NAC at bay, but it was an impossible task, he made some good saves. They hit the cross bar and the post, fired shots just wide, but eventually got two more goals.
Their third was scored in the sixty forth minute when Jeffrey Sarpong crossed the ball in from the left and found a totally unmarked Kolk in the clear inside the ADO box, he kept his cool and slotted the ball past Coutinho, 3-0.
The final goal hit the back of the ADO net in the third minute of added on time. A free kick by Anthony Lurling fell inside the penalty area where ADO defenders outnumbered the NAC forwards two to one, yet the ball still found its way to the feet of Eric Botteghin; a quick turn to get the ball from under his feet to poke it home, 4-0.
After the final whistle blew, the majority of the players slowly left the field of play. Only a few went to applaud the fans. As Immers left the pitch he was asked to do a television interview, he waved away the request and in his eyes you could really see a broken man.
It has to be said, this result was not only due to ADO’s poor display, the fact was that NAC played some really good high tempo football that would have given headaches to most teams in the league. NAC had a plan to get at ADO and that is exactly what they did.
In the post match press conference Maurice Steijn said there were no excuses. If you can’t match a team in the first ten minutes of a game it is all over. Steijn is looking like a man under severe pressure now. His team are not performing and nobody knows why. Is it the training methods are not working, or are the tactics not good enough? Are there internal grievances going on behind the scenes that are rocking inner circle at ADO? What ever is happening, it needs to be changed sooner rather than later as there are some top teams heading in ADO’s direction in the coming weeks. The loss on Saturday leaves ADO two points and one place above the relegation play-off places.
Attendance: 17, 150
ADO man of the match: Stanley Elbers, The only light in a dark performance.