ADO crash at home to PSV
Saturday night saw ADO Den Haag face table topping PSV Eindhoven. This game is normally difficult enough, but the game was made much harder after last weeks yellow cards forced Omeruo and Holla to sit this game out, also due to injury Zwinkels was out. So judging by the team sheets prior to kick-off, ADO were going to be in for a torturous night in the Kyocera.
The outcome was unfortunately to easy to predict. PSV from the kick-off were by far the stronger and more skilful of the two teams; from the outset it was clear that this was to be a damage limitation exercise for the home side.
Coutinho was called into action within the first few seconds, from then on it was basically totasl control by PSV, a team full of international class players. ADO indeed did well to stem the tide until the fifteenth minute when Luciano Narsingh put PSV 0-1 up.
Within another fifteen minutes ADO found themselves three goals down after being punished in the twenty fourth minute by Kevin Strootman, then by Dries Mertens in the thirty third minute, 0-3.
By now everybody was fearing a double figure loss for ADO. But credit has to be given to the ADO players, their heads never dropped and the fans continued to back them vocally. A true test of character for both.
ADO made changes in the second half to try to change their fortunes, but alas it did not help, PSV were in total command of the game and extended their lead in the fifty fourth minute when Georginio Wijnaldum made it 0-4.
Just after the hour mark, ADO fans had something to cheer; After a scramble in and around the penalty area, the ball fell to Vicento who placed a precise shot just under the crossbar to pull a goal back, the crowd reacted as though they had just gone one nil up. The goal gave ADO a boost for a five minute period which saw them threaten on a few occasions but to no avail.
In the seventy second minute Coutinho failed to hold on to a shot from Mark van Bommel, the ball falling to former ADO star Timothy Derijck to tap the ball over the line. Credit where it is due, Derijck did not celebrate the goal, and one of Holland’s best ever players in my opinion, Mark van Bommel went over to console Coutinho. The fans in the Kyocera stadium noticed this and chanted the name of Derijck for a period of time, 1-5.
In the eighty second minute PSV fished the scoring after Orlando Engelaar made it 1-6.
ADO unfortunately got what they deserved from the game, absolutely nothing. They were outclassed by a far superior PSV side, who, if they continue to play this way, will surely capture the Eredivisie title.
ADO man of the match: Tom Beugelsdijk; some of his stretched tackles prevented what could have been an even heavier defeat,