After last week’s defeat at home to Feyenoord, which was basically down to the comedy show by the referee, ADO Den Haag travelled to Enschede to take on FC Twente in the Grolsch Veste stadium. ADO took away a lots of positives from last week’s performance and were confident as they walked onto the pitch.
The game as a spectacle was a real game of two halves, the first saw little exciting, adventurous play, whereas the second was far more entertaining. It is just a shame that yet again a refereeing decision cost ADO the full three points which they so nearly claimed.
In the second minute Twente got their first chance, so nice play outside the area, before an incisive pass gave Kyle Ebecilio a chance to score, only to be thwarted by a good save by ADO keeper Martin Hansen, which to turned out to be the first of many good saves by ADO’s new number one.
ADO were playing a containing game, filling the midfield, restricting the home sides attacking momentum. It was a plan that was working well for ADO as it wasn’t until the twenty eighth minute that Twente had another shot on goal, again Hansen making a good save, this time from Kasper Kusk.
ADO just could not hold on until the break. In the first minute of added time, Kamohelo Mokotjo ran down the left wing, cut inside, a quick one two with Ebecilio. This game the striker the chance to slot the ball into the far bottom corner giving Hansen no chance, 1-0.
In the fiftieth minute Twente almost doubled their advantage, Luc Castaignos beat the off-side trap, Hansen winning the eye to eye battle of nerves to make yet another good save.
In the fifty fourth minute ADO were awarded a penalty, in all honesty, a bit soft, but about time ADO got something from a referee this season. Xander Houtkoop raced down the left flank, crossed the ball into the penalty area towards Michiel Kramer. He was challenged by Rasmus Bengtsson and fell to the ground. Nobody reacted strongly and it was a surprise when referee Reinold Wiedemeijer pointed to the spot. ADO captain Roland Alberg took responsibility a slotted the ball into the bottom right hand corner past Nick Marsman, 1-1.
After the goal, ADO picked up the challenge of going for a win. The whole team stepped up a gear and the passing was quick and accurate, scything through the home sides midfield and defence. ADO were looking good and saw both Houtkoop and Kramer go close.
In the seventy seventh minute ADO produced a great attacking move. Alberg inside his own penalty area played a long ball forward. The ball was then played amongst the ADO frontline. Passing was to feet, it was fast and Twente couldn’t get near the ball. Dion Malone gets the ball on the right and cuts inside, firing a low curlng shot that rebounds off the post. Mike van Duinen reacts quickest, only to see Marsman make a good save from close range. The ball hitting the keeper before going high into the air, so as the keeper lay on the floor van Duinen had the simplest chance to head the ball home into an empty net, 1-2.
In the eighty fifth minute it looked as though ADO had been awarded a free kick. So as they prepared to take it, Henk Fraser made a substitution, bringing on Danny Bakker for Houtkoop. Then the ref allowed Twente to take the kick, which shocked everybody, especially ADO’s management. With Bakker racing to defend, the kick was taken and Hansen managed to punch the ball away. The ball fell to Shadrach Eghan, he stepped inside before unleashing a low shot from distance past an unsighted Hansen, 2-2.
Later in the press interviews, it was revealed that Fraser had asked the fourth official very politely to wait for Bakker to get into position, something he refused to do, Fraser was rightly livid at this and was fuming as he later talked to the media.
In the final minute ADO almost snatched their first victory at Twente for forty seven years. van Duinen worked hard to get hold of the ball and muscle forward. His cross was just a bit too far ahead of the on rushing Kramer, who slid in and missed the vital touch by millimetres.
At the final whistle ADO players. same as last week, looked lost at the result. ADO the better side in the second half and came so close to a famous victory. But at least they now have their first point of the season, could have been better if decisions had gone their way, but after playing two of the top Dutch clubs, a point with their performances will still be satisfying.
Attendance: 28, 500
ADO man of the Match: Martin Hansen, great goal keeping display, soon it will be Gino who?
ADO team: Hansen, Malone, Wormgoor, Zuiverloon, Meijers; Jansen, Kristensen, Alberg; Houtkoop (86. Bakker), Kramer, Van Duinen.