Vitesse v ADO Den Haag
ADO travelled to Arnhem on Sunday to face Vitesse and former boss John v/d Brom. ADO fans still feel they were cheated by the way v/d Brom left the club. In two games since, there was a 0-0 in the league in the Kyocera, and ADO lost in the cup 2-1 in Arnhem. So this was what fans were hoping for, third time lucky and to get one over on the former manager.
The ADO starting line up was weaker than hoped. Ammi missing due to internal club discipline issues, and club captain Christian Kum was injured in training on the Saturday morning: Two strong players and leaders on the pitch.
From the kick-off it looked as though ADO had settled for a no goal bore draw. They sat back in numbers and let Vitesse come onto them at every opportunity. It did not look the best tactic, especially with ADO’s best defender missing. However the absence of Kum certainly put Chelsea’s loaned player Omeruo to the fore. He certainly seemed to relish the opportunity to boss the defence around him and they did a great job of repelling the home sides attacks.
The major threat to ADO came from Wilfried Bony, his speed and agility took him past ADO players far too easily, a real thorn in the side. The first half did not provide much goal mouth action. Vitesse were making openings but doing nothing with them.
ADO Den Haag had two of the better chances, quite amazing considering the pressure they were under. Firstly Omeruo forced a save from Piet Velthuizen in the twentieth minute, a weak long range effort. Toornstra had a golden opportunity to smash the ball into the back of the net in the thirty fifth minute. A ball in from Vicento saw Toornstra in enough space to shoot on goal, unfortunately he rushed the shot and the ball hammered against the cross bar and away.
During the half, both Immers and Visser had to receive a lot of treatment while on the pitch due to innocuous looking challenges. Immers hurt his hamstring and it looked very painful. Visser was caught on the ankle, but was able to run that injury off.
If the first half was boring, the opening of the second was the complete opposite. ADO had several chances to break the dead lock. Chery curled a shot just wide of the post from outside the penalty in the opening minute.
In the fiftieth minute Immers chased down a lose all. The race was on between him and the keeper, it was an 50/50 ball that Immers had to go for. The keeper won the race and Immers just caught his hands. The referee Smet showed Immers the yellow card, which I believe rules him out of next weeks match against Feyenoord.
Coutinho was called into action to save a close range header from Havenaar in the fifty second minute. Two minutes later ADO moved down the right, Smolarek played the ball forward to Omeruo whose cross found Vicento in plenty of free space inside the penalty box, he failed to control the ball and his shot cleared the crossbar when it looked easier to score.
In the sixtieth minute Vitesse got the vital break through. Renato Ibarra called for the ball wide on the right. He was faced by Supusepa, Ibarra passed him like he wasn’t there, too easily, just before he could shoot, Visser slid in to try and block him, but was a fraction late. Ibarra sped further into the box before unleashing a shot into the back of the ADO goal: Great control and finish, 1-0.
Visser looked distraught after the goal; as though he thought he was to blame for it. Horvath had to pull him back to his feet as he sat their.
As the half progressed Havenaar and Ibarra began to pull ADO’s defence all over the place, at times ADO just could not live with them. Whether this work rate confused N’Toko I’l never know, but in the seventy fifth minute he simply allowed the ball to roll away from him. Havenaar was on it in a flash and raced goalwards. Yet again Coutinho had to pull off a fine save to prevent another goal.
At the end of the game, Visser was trying to apologise and explain his role in the goal. Coutinho put his arm around him to calm him down, good personal skills by Gino, as Visser did look totally upset that his slip cost ADO at least a point. Yet he should not blame himself, he did his best to back up Supusepa who had been caught wanting by Ibarra.
The result wasn’t what ADO deserved, on chances a point would have been fair, but yet again v/d Brom had beaten his protégé.
Attendance: 15, 633
ADO Man of the Match: Kenneth Omeruo; stepped up to the mark as main defender, not only defended but offered attacking options too.