ADO Den Haag crashed at PEC Zwolle on Sunday afternoon, yet it could have been so much different as they started brightly.
From the start ADO were playing in a good free flowing style and the chances came their away. Ricky van Haaren hitting the woodwork from a free-kich, Mike van Duinen went close as did Mathias Gehrt, it was looking good for ADO.
During the attacking period ADO’s keeper Gino Coutinho was involved in a hard collision with Zwolle’s Bram van Polen, the keeper left on the ground with a suspected broken nose. He was unable to continue and was taken off on a stretcher, from which he was almost dropped from. Martijn de Zwart taking his place.
For twenty minutes ADO were the better team and then for some reason they just collapsed like a house of cards, concentration and drive just vanished.
In the twenty second minute and against the run of play Zwolle took the lead. A long ball from Mateusz Klich over the top beat the off-side trap, which from my position looked doubtful; the ball was raced onto by Mustafa Seymak and he calmly placed the ball passed de Zwart, 1-0.
Once the home side had taken the lead they took ADO to task and attacked time and time again without mush resistance.The only highlight from ADO in the final twenty minutes of the half was a Ronaldoesque run by van Duinen whose mazy run forward was twisting the opposition defenders inside and out, his cross was great but no one available to knock the ball home.
The second goal came in the thirty eighth minute. Another long ball saw ADO defenders floundering. There was confusion and eventually the ball dropped to Seymak who this time hooked the ball brilliantly into the goal, 2-0.
In the final minute of the half ADO were again caught out by a simple long ball over the top, This time Dion Malone unable to prevent Fred Benson from slotting the ball beyond the ADO keeper, 3-0.
ADO emerged at half-time and looked beaten before even the ball kicked off for the second half. Eight minutes in and yet more sloppy defending allowed Fred to claim his second goal with ease, 4-0.
In the sixty second minute ADO got on the score sheet. Tom Beugelsdijk picks out Mathius Gerht with an accurate pass. The players went forward with purpose at the Zwolle defence and put the ball into the net passed Kevin Begois, 4-1.
ADO then had a three minute spell when they won three corners in a row, van Haaren and Beugelsdijk going close to pulling back some dignity to the score.
In the final ten minutes Zwolle put ADO under a lot of pressure and scored twice and going close on other occasions. In the eighty first minute, the ball coming out to an unmarked Van Polen who lashed the ball into the back of the net, 5-1.
Five minutes later Zwolle applied the last nail to the coffin. Giovanni Hiwat supplying the finishing touch to another speedy Zwolle move, 6-1.
The final score was bad enough, yet it could have been easily double figures for Zwolle. It was not that they played that well, but that ADO were that bad, the goals were simple, too simple. This game was also played on artificial grass. Next week ADO take on FC Twente in the Kyocera on their own artificial surface for the first time, should be interesting?
ADO man of the match: Ricky van Haaren.
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