ADO travelled to FC Twente missing two of their star players through suspension, Mike van Duinen and Tommie beugelsdijk. So even before the kick-off, staff and fans alike knew that this was going to be a tough task to keep their unbeaten run under Henk Fraser’s leadership.
Well the game turned out to be a hard fought affair, packed with incidents, talking points and for once a night when all the luck went in ADO’s favour, something that is normally very rare.
Straight from the kick-off title chasing Twente for ADO. They kept the visitors on the defensive back foot. ADO’s play lacked cohesion and all too often gave the ball away far too easily. It all looked like ADO were going to be in for a long, hard and difficult night.
In the ninth minute the host side took the lead. Promes played the ball to Felipe Gutierrez, at the time there appeared to be no danger as he was surrounded by four ADO players, yet they stood off him and allowed him to punish them as he struck the ball passed Coutinho in the ADO goal, 1-0.
The rest of the first half passed without any more note worthy action. FC Twente had most of the possession but luckily for ADO the keep ball style of the hosts did not result in any further clear cut chances.
In the fifty third minute Twenty had a goal ruled out for off-side, sorry missed who was involved.
Just after the hour mark the game really came to life. Twente started to play more aggressive football and went for more directness in their search for another goal. This left them short at the back and in the sixty forth minute they paid a heavy price. Michiel Kramer raced onto a long ball, he was heading to a one on one with the keeper when he was pulled to the ground by Rasmus Bengtsson. Referee Kevin Blom had no choice but to send the player off. From the resulting free-kick, Holla forced keeper Nick Marsmann into a good diving save.
Seventy one minutes in and Twente think they have scored through Luc Castaignos, he effort ruled out for off-side. This caused anger amongst the home support and they taunted Blom about his mothers employment so to speak. The referee eventually having to ask for a stadium announcement to calm it down, or he threatened to take the players from the pitch until it all stopped, if only.
ADO got level in the eighty first minute. A great cross from the right by Dion Malone saw Kramer tower above his marker to head the ball back across the goal and into the net, leaving the keeper stranded, 1-1.
Twente’s Castaignos had a bad five minutes, firstly a shot on target looked to hit Vito Wormgoor on the arm, but his penalty appeal was turned down, then in the eighty eighth minute his night went from bad to worse, he jumped in on Malone and landed heavily on the ADO players ankle, lucky not to have been seriously injured. Yet, there were no protests from anybody, so it was with great surprise to everybody that Castaignos was given a direct red card. The crowd went ballistic in their vitriol towards the man in the middle, but with only minutes remaining, no point in warning the crowd of their behaviour again.
With only minutes remaining, despite a two man advantage ADO could not force a winning goal. At the final whistle the crowd again turned on the referee. However, for ADO it had been a great night, That is now eight games without defeat under Henk Frasers leadership. SO with two goals disallowed and two players sent off from Twente, ADO certainly had luck on their side, long may it continue.
ADO man of the Match: Meijers, yet again a solid performance throughout.