After a disastrous game last week at home to Roda JC, ADO Den Haag traveled to Almelo to take on Heracles hoping to reverse their fortunes, unfortunately the performance was not much better.
From the start ADO looked the better side, there was some fluidity about their movement and a willingness to run for each other. ADO had the first chance of the game in the sixth minute after a cross by Ninos Gouriye was placed into space to find an unmarked Mike van Duinen only for the striker to make hardly any contact with the ball and the header went harmlessly wide.
ADO were strong across the midfield and in the eleventh minute new player Mathias Gehrt making his full debut ran at the heart of the Heracles defence; they backed off and allowed him to play the ball inside to Gouriye who had his shot blocked. There was a scramble as the ball bobbled around, finally van Duinen raced in and poked his shot just wide of the upright.
After escaping for the second time, Heracles began to step their game up. They were moving well down the wings and in the thirty first minute the deadlock was broken. Lerin Duarte teased the ADO players wide on the right, after some quick interplay the ball came back to Duarte who fired in a shot. Gino Coutinho did well to save the effort and push the ball to the right. Bryan Lissen had to time to line up the rebound and struck, yet again Coutinho did well to save, third time lucky for Heracles as defender Jason Davidson arrived in the area to finally beat Coutinho and give the home side the lead.
The rest of the half saw Heracles dominate possession only to waste many openings with shots that went high and wide of goal. In the first minute of added time ADO broke quickly after a Heracles corner. Ricky van Haaren raced clear before passing to Gouriye. Jerson Cabral then wasted his chance to get ADO back on level terms.
The second half saw ADO change their style of play; they began to resort to playing the long ball forward for van Duinen to chase. This was just too easy for the home sides defenders and ADO did not create a thing. They looked to have run out of ideas and again began to look like strangers.
On the hour mark ADO manager Maurice Steijn made a double substitution, taking off the ineffective Cabral and more surprisingly Gouriye who had had a decent first half. On came Michiel Kramer and another to make his full debut, Malcolm Esajas.
ADO season took another dent as Dion Malone was dismissed after getting two yellow cards in two minutes. The first for a hard tackle and the second for holding. Now down to ten men all looked doomed for ADO.
Thankfully for ADO’s sake, Heracles were not clicking as a team much either. They threatened the goal just the once after a shot from Ben Rienstra was saved by Coutinho in the seventy second minute.
The rest of the game ran down with no more real goal mouth action. At the final whistle the ADO players looked dejected as they walked from the field of play. Steijn was looking lost as his players walked passed him into the tunnel.
Luckily for ADO there is a free weekend next weekend due to International football. Hopefully this will mean they can get things sorted out. Something is not right, there is no leader on the pitch, they look as though they are just going through the motions. ADO have now lost four of their opening five games and if things do not start to change soon they will find themselves deep in relegation trouble.
ADO Man of the Match: Mike van Duinen