ADO sunk by Bulykin
After a run of three defeats and conceding nine goal without scoring, having FC Twente visit the Kyocera was not the ideal opponent to get things back on track again.
The first period of the game saw ADO constantly on the back foot trying to repel the surging attacks of the visitors. Coutinho had to be alert and when he was beaten in sixteenth minute the ball hit the woodwork after a shot from Nacer Chadli. A minute later Danny Holla also had a similar chance and a well executed lob from distance bounced off the top of the bar.
Twente took the lead in the Twenty fourth minute. Douglas managed to scramble the ball home after a melee in the area. ADO players claimed an off-side but the goal was given, 0-1.
After the goal the game got a bit raged, not much style but plenty of tackles flying in and things looked to be getting a bit niggly.
ADO got back on level terms in the forty second minute. There was some bruising tackles in the build up from ADO and I was sure the referee Pol van Boekel would call play back for a free-kick to Twente, but play continued and Mike van Duinen got his name on the score sheet, 1-1. It was about time ADO had some joy from a referee in recent games.
The second half began much better for ADO as they looked to gain an advantage over Twente. There was tension in the air, not only in the stand and on the pitch, but both managers were firing out instructions and arguing with the officials on a regular basis. This would later prove to be a downfall for ADO. Danny Holla ADO’s captain was booked for complaining at the referee and it seemed that the ref was waiting to take more action, which he did nine minute later. A sliding tackle was deemed bad, which it wasn’t and Boekel then produced a red card and dismissed ADO’s leader.
The decision to send off Holla incensed Maurice Steijn who remonstrated with the fourth official, who then called the referee over who then received the full anger of ADO’s manager. It was Steijn’s second major outburst at the referee who this time sent Steijn into the stands. The protests from the stands were very clear to hear and the referee took some serious verbal abuse from the home support.
ADO was now really up against it, no manager to guide them on the field and a player down. Twente had several chances to take the lead, but thankfully all their shots were all just slightly off target. The pressure was building on ADO and everybody seemed to know that the home team would not hold out till the end.
The last thing ADO needed to see was their former hero Dmitry Bulykin come on the pitch as a substitute in the seventy fifth minute. Since he has left ADO he always seems to score against them and so it happened again, twice.
In the eighty second minute Bulykin was inside the penalty box on the left side, he forced his way through a weak challenge and shot passed Coutinho. These days most players who score against their former clubs tend to be subdued, almost apologetic for scoring against their former employers, but not Bulykin, he was pumped up and cheering as though scoring a winning goal in a cup final, not great to see, 1-2.
Three minutes later Bulykin scored again from a more central position inside the box, this time his celebrations were more muted, although Coutinho still was not impressed and pushed him in the chest to move him out of the way, 1-3.
Despite on field events the fans in the Kyocera still sang loudly in support of their side. This has been one good thing to come from this run of four defeats. The fans have not turned on the players or manager; they are backing the team until the end, great support which the players do value.
The play-offs are now looking like a distant dream unless there is a dramatic change in fortune, no only for ADO but their rivals around them. We can but hope!
Man of the Match: Omeruo, strong and forceful, Twente knew he was there.