Heavy defeat for ADO
On Sunday ADO travelled to Waalwijk to take on RKC. ADO still in the hunt for a European play-off place knew that dropping points here would be of great detriment to their cause.
Manager Maurice Steijn was able to field a strong team for this game, probably his first choice selection, so all looked good before the kick-off. The game started with a quick attack by ADO within seconds, unfortunately that ws it for ADO’s attacking in the first half.
ADO were a shadow of their normal aggressive selves. There was something lacking, passing was weak, balls being given far too easily. Players who have all season been strong willed fighters with heads held high lost it. Some individual performances were really bad. A team can cover for a player if one is having a bad day, maybe even two players, but for ADO it was four or five of their highly rated players that went missing.
ADO was three goals down at half time. 10. Mart Lieder 1-0: 42. Vito Wormgoor (own goal) 2-0: 45+2. Robert Braber 3-0: Several changes were made in the second half and ADO held the line under much pressure until the 88th minute when the final goal was cored by Henrico Drost 4-0
It was individual errors that lead to all the goals. Unfortunately it was local hero Tom Beugelsdijk who had the biggest nightmare, it will be impossible for him to have another game like this again in his career. Every players has a day like this, nothing can be done about that, just move on.
After the game Steijn was asked what he said to players at half-time? The best answer he could give was “What is said in the dressing room stays in the dressing room.” That was perfect answer. TV also interviewed Beugelsdijk who was visibly upset about his performance. Not nice to see, but on the other hand good to see a player feel so guilty about letting the team and fans down; means he loves his club. He is a super talent and this can only make him stronger.
Man of the Match: Dion Malone: Strong and effective and was putting his body on the line throughout.