After Wednessday night’s win over FC Twente, ADO Den Haag travelled the short distance to the Riwal Hoogwerkers Stadion, home of FC Dordrecht, who are currently at the bottom of the Eredivisie. So ADO fans were hoping to see the club get their first three points away from the Kyocera stadium.
The win everybody had hoped for failed to materialize. The main reason for this was the performance of referee Serdar Gözübüyük, he missed a clear penalty appeal and ruled an ADO goal for an offside decision that confused everyone. When the referee is the centre of the action, you know it’s been a bad game.
The opening thirty minutes were pretty dire. Neither side seemed to be looking to take the fight on. Both teams at the wrong end of the Eredivisie table and you could see why, no invention in the play whatsoever.
The first goal scoring chance fell to Roland Alberg, a free kick from 18m that was deflected just wide of the post. That close chance ignited the game totally from what had gone on before. From the resulting corner, the ball was cleared outside the box, Wilson Eduardo thundered the ball back towards goal. On the line stood Dordrecht player Joris van Overeem who simply stuck out his left arm to block the ball, a clearer cut penalty you could not wish to see, yet the referee waved play on? ADO players were livid, Mike van Duinen in protesting the strongest.
Five minutes after that refereeing error, ADO then had a goal disallowed. Danny Bakker never gave up on the ball as it was going out of play. Dordrecht defender Funso Ojo tried to let the ball run out. Bakker hooked the ball back in before it crossed the dead ball line, a cross was cleared out ADO new boy Aleksandr Iakovenko who hit the back of the net. ADO celebrated, only for the celebration to be stopped i its tracks. Between the referee and linesman they ruled the goal out, nobody knew why. Eventually it was claimed Bakker had been offside, which was a very dubious call.
The second half started with ADO on the attack. Alberg forcing Dordrecht keeper Robbert te Loeke into a fine save, which wouldn’t be the last.
Fifty five minutes played and there was huge melee of players pushing and shoving each other after Dion Malone had been fouled by Ojo, after that tempers were being held just under the surface. Ten minutes later it all kicked off again with Vito Wormgoor and Martin Hansen getting involved with one of the home team players.
With ten minutes remaining the hosts had their best chance on goal. They passed the ball around quickly, one touch and got through the ADO defence, a ball from former ADO player Ricky van Haaren found van Overeem who steered the ball just passed the post.
From then on it was ADO on the attack, shots coming in thick and fast. Alberg, van Duinen, Gianni Zuiverloon all going close to breaking the deadlock. Yet the best chance of the whole game came in the first minute of added time. A weak back pass saw Michiel Kramer race onto the ball, he just beat te Loeke, the ball bounced off the keeper and back onto Kramer, the goal was open, but the rebound saw the ball go quickly out of play, so unlucky.
The final whistle blew, the ADO fans were not unhappy and cheered the players, who in turn threw their shirts into the crowd. It had been an entertaining second half, lots of chances, but no goals, so ADO continue to seek their first win away from home this season.
ADO man of the Match: Roland Alberg.