On Saturday night, ADO took on NAC Breda in a battle of the relegation threatened clubs. There was a tense, yet expectant atmosphere inside the stadium. The fans from Breda were celebrating carnival, so most were in some form of fancy dress, which added colour to the stadium.
The opening of the game was tense, both nervous of what a defeat would mean. ADO had first chance of the game, a free-kick from Roland Alberg headed goalwards by Danny Bakker but was an easy save for the NAC keeper Jelle Ten Rouwelaar. A lot of full bloodied challenges were going in, some crunching and illegal ones, this was going to be a fight.
In the tenth minute the stadium fell silent, a ball down the left by the visitors saw Adnane Tighadouini able to cross into the danger area, the ball found Demy de Zeeuw, a quick two touches saw his effort guided perfectly into the corner, out of the reach of ADO keeper Martin Hansen, 0-1.
Straight after the goal ADO took over and really dominated the play, They had one good penalty claim turned down. There were numerous efforts on goal, a shot over the bar from Wilson Eduardo, a great save by Ten Rouwelaar after some trickery by Alberg.
Despite the forward play of ADO, NAC still almost managed to score o the break. A long pass split the ADO defence who claimed off-side, it was not. Guyon Fernandez raced through, only the Danish hero Hansen stood between him and goal. The Dane won the battle of nerves and blocked well. A warning for the home side.
In the final minute of added time in the first half, ADO got their best chance. Aleksandr Iakovenko got the ball in the far corner of the penalty box, his she was heading just inside the far post, only for the keeper to stick out a leg and divert the ball away.
ADO had been looking a bit off the boil in spite of their domination, there seemed to be a lack of spirit, I have no idea what manager Henk Fraser said at Half-time, but ADO really flew at the visitors at the start of the second.
ADO pushed forward and were throwing themselves into every challenge, blood and thinder football, great entertainment. Yet ADO almost allowed NAC to double their lead. another off-side trap was beaten and a vicious strike by Fernandez smashed against the cross bar.
In the fifty seventh minute ADO got their goal. A beautifully weighted ball by Bakker released Kramer, he kept cool as Ten Rouwelaar stormed towards him, the ADO striker lifted the ball over him and into the back of the net, Alberg backing it up just in case it didn’t get across the line, 1-1.
Two minutes later NAC regained the lead. Again ADO’s off-side trap did not work. Kenny van der Weg pulled the ball back across the area, de Zeeuw was waiting, he hit a slide rule pass into the corner, out of the reach of Hansen, 1-2.
What was good, was the fact the home support did not turn on their own side, they backed them vocally throughout and it lifted the players even more. ADO kept on piling forward, chances were being created, but no finishing touch. Then in the seventy fifth minute, a long range shot by Dion Malone dipped sharply in front of the NAC keeper, the ball rebounded off his body and into the path of Xander Houtkoop who simply placed the ball into the goal, 2-2.
In the eighty sixth minute ADO got the winner. Aaron Meijers took a throw in, worked with Mike van Duinen before swinging the ball into the penalty area. Kramer got in front of his marker and somehow brilliantly sent his header flashing across the goal into the far corner, a stunning goal, 3-2.
NAC had one more chance in the game, Hansen yet again blocking a direct shot and Houtkoop blocking a follow up effort. The final whistle blew and the stadium erupted. For the neutral it was a great entertaining game, for fans of both teams, it was nerve wracking until the end. A vital three points for ADO! Onwards and upwards.
ADO man of the Match: Michiel Kramer: two good goals, need I say more?