ADO disappoint at home against Roda JC
On a freezing cold, snowy Saturday night, in front of a crowd who braved temperature below zero, ADO produced a performance that yet again disappointed at home.
ADO started well forcing the pace and pushing the side from Kerkrade into full defensive mode. The home side had a few early chances by van Duinen and Holla.
In the fourteenth minute ADO took a deserved lead, Roda had not even really been in the ADO half of the pitch; ADO had been that strong in the midfield. Toornstra played the ball into space in the penalty area and it was van Duinen wh0 was quickest to react. He beat the keeper Filip Kurto to the ball and chipped it over him. A desperate effort by Bart Biemans to clear the ball of the line was too late as the referee Eric Braamhaar awarded the goal, 1-0.
Roda finally got into the danger zone of ADO’s defence in the twenties minute. The bal fell nicely for Guus Hupperts who hit a strong shot that forced Coutinho into a good two handed diving save.
In the final minute of the first half ADO gave the lead away. From a corner the ball was headed back across the area by Danilo. Coutinho and his defender seem to relax a little and that extra time allowed Roda’s Mikolaj Lebedynski to poke the ball into the net, 1-1.
The second half began at pace from ADO but the game changed early on in the second period thanks to a very harsh red card that was awarded to Roda’s Sanharib Malki: On the touch line close to the dugouts. There was a coming together of Malki and van Duinen. At first look it seemed that there was a feisty clash between them, which ended with van Duinen on the floor. The ADO bench and the players reacted with fury and Malki was shown a red card. The Roda player was shocked and pleaded his innocence. TV replays later showed that their boots and laces had become entangled and he was just trying to force them loose. A bad decision by the referee, who should have been helped more by the fourth official, Christian Bax who was right next to the action.
Despite the extra man advantage ADO could not get themselves working together properly, they were lacking something, that little extra that would have meant breaking down the visitors.
Just after the Haagse Kwartiertje, ADO got themselves back in front. A swift bit of inter-passing saw Toornstra finally play the ball into Holla who was tripped as he was about to shoot. Holla picked himself up and then hammered the penalty into the middle of the goal with power, 2-1.
Roda did not give up and in the final phase of the game pushed forward and in the eight eighth minute they got their reward. Mark-Jan Fledderus fired a shot goal bound and it struck the arm of Wormgoor. The referee instantly produced a red card and sent off the ADO defender. Flederus took the spot kick himself. Coutinho flung himself to his left and tipped the ball magnificently onto the post. The ball however rebounded back into the path of Fledderus who this time made sure and hit the ball home. Coutinho’s face was full of anguish after being so close, 2-2.
The final whistle blew and ADO players dropped to their knees. Like the fans, they knew they had blown the three points. That is now two points from the first two games after the winter break and next up for ADO is PSV Eindhoven away.
ADO man of the match: Aaron Meijers, a battling whole hearted performance, did the simple things easily and the hard things calmly