NEC v ADO Den Haag
On Friday night ADO Den Haag travelled to Nijmegen to take on NEC in the Goffert stadion. ADO was still unbeaten on their travels away from the Kyocera stadium this season. If ADO could keep a clean sheet then the likelihood was that the team would come away with three points from this match.
Well ADO came away with a point from a very disappointing game. This game played in rain was indeed a damp squib. The first half lacked any urgency from either side. ADO had lost influential captain Danny Holla through suspension and his replacement Kevin Visser unfortunately could not fill the boots of Holla.
ADO fans filled the visitors section and were cheering their side on vociferously. The support the fans gave deserved a goal, but ADO seemed to lack any real ideas and a real leader on the pitch.
ADO sat back and let NEC come onto them, ADO were never in any real danger throughout the first forty five minutes, ADO were the more composed and confident side, yet this disappeared as soon as they approached the opposing penalty area, There was not a single shot of note on target from ADO during the first half as they soaked up some forward movement from the home side. Zwinkels in the ADO goal was never really troubled either.
The second half started with a bang. NEC were awarded a free-kick and Leroy George took the kick, perfectly curling the ball mup and over the wall high into the top right hand corner, giving Zwinkels no chance at all, a stunning strike, 1-0.
ADO after going behind still did not kick into action. They looked disjointed and ineffective. It was looking as though NEC were having the initiative to break forward more and more.
In the fifty eighth minute ADO got back on level terms, the goal being as scrappy as ADO’s match performance. A cross from Toornstra was not dealt with by the NEC defence and at one point looked to have gone out of play, then from what looked like an off-side position van Duinen guided the ball into the back of the net, the NEC players were irate at the decision to allow the goal to stand, but the goal was deemed legal, 1-1.
The rest of the match was a dire affair, no real threats on goal. ADO’s midfield tried to get things going, but the final ball was always missing and every move forward faded into a matter of time wasting.
The final whistle was greeted by cheers from the travelling support, ADO remaining unbeaten on their travels, so for that matter, it was a great result for ADO. A point each was a fair result, no team deserved to lose the game and no team definitely deserved to win it. ADO players looked the more disappointed as they left the pitch, a sign of their belief of a win and, or a better performance should come each time they play away from the Kyocera.
ADO man of the match: Mike van Duinen, the best of a mediocre bunch.
Attendance: 10, 875