ADO grab a point against VVV Venlo
After a disastrous run of five consecutive defeats ADO took on VVV Venlo in the Kyocera stadium on Saturday night hoping to give the fans something to cheer.
A cold evening saw the fans treated to a game of as they say two halves. The first forty five minutes for the home supporters was pure torture. It had to be the worst performance at home this season. The players lacked invention and fight. They seemed to be happy to try and just pass the ball around in their own half and within five minutes the crowd were jeering this display. When they did go forward their passing was wayward and panicky in its urgency to impress.
In the tenth minute ADO got their first warning when Bryan Linssen scored a goal only to be ruled off-side. Unfortunately ADO disregarded the effort of the visitors who are in the battle to avoid relegation. Just five minutes later Venlo took the lead. A pass from former ADO favourite Ahmed Ammi saw Uche Nwofor put the ball into the back of the net to send the small following from Venlo into raptures, 0-1.
Despite going a goal behind ADO didn’t look that interested in the fight to get back on level terms. The frustration in the crowd was audible. This was a game that everybody thought ADO would win with ease, but there seemed a total lack of interest from the players. It was only Meijers and Malone who put any effort into trying to be creative in a forward way.
It was obvious from the start of the second half that Maurice Steijn must have given the players a real blast about the first half performance, as ADO began the second period looking a totally different side from that that had lacked ambition in the first.
With Vicento and Supusepa now on they had more attacking options and both players looked hungry to fight for ADO.
ADO was by far the more dominant in the second period have several chances going close. Omeruo was being just as effective in an attacking role as in his usual defensive one. The crowd were buoyed by the better showing of the team and the stadium began to vibrate to the roars of the crowd.
It was looking as if it was going to be one of those nights when ADO would fail to provide the finishing touch to their attacks until the eighty fifth monute. A long ball from Wormgoor was flicked inside the box superbly by Holla. The ball fell nicely to van Duinen who raced in to put the ball into the back of the net, 1-1.
ADO were now determined to take the three points and raced back to the half way line to encourage Venlo to get play started again. This could have back fired as Venlo almost got back in front with minutes remaining, but the scare was not too close.
At the final whistle there was a relief that the run of five defeats was now at an end. The crowd were in a better mood and cheered the players on a lap of honour, a sign of how bad things have been of late when a lap of honour was considered worthy after a home draw with Venlo.
With only two games remaining ADO need to feel themselves lucky that their early away form this season earned them so many valuable points, otherwise they would have been in a relegation scrap. Next up championship chasing Feyenoord at home, a better performance is mostly definitely needed and demanded!
Man of the Match: Kenneth Omeruo, put himself about a bit and was the most controlled of the ADO players.
Attendance: 9, 300