ADO Den Haag travelled the short distance to De Kuip in Rotterdam on Sunday afternoon to face one of the giants of Dutch football, Feyenoord. The away end was full with 850 ADO fans who made so much noise and extra colour inside the ground as the club celebrated their official 110th anniversary.
The game started badly for ADO as the home side flooded forward. It was simply Colin Kazim-Richards versus the ADO defence, he was getting all the freedom he wanted and any challenge on him was weak.
A goal was surely coming and in the ninth minute it did. For ADO hero Lex Immers was fouled midway inside the ADO half. The free-kick was played short to Miquel Nelom, he crossed into the penalty box. ADO keeper Martin Hansen came to collect, he was just too slow as Immers raced into to neatly flick the ball into the back of the net, 1-0.
ADO were making it all too easy for Feyenoord and in the twentieth minute they increased their lead. Again it was Nelom who played the ball into the danger area. Timothy Derijck headed the ball away. The ball fell for another former ADO player, Jens Toornstra, he hit the ball straight at Derijck who got his feet in a muddle, and instead of a simple block he directed the ball into his own goal, his third own goal of this season, 2-0.
Luck was against ADO, as in the thirty second minute, a weak back pass by Sven van Beek was chased down by Mike van Duinen. On realizing his error, van Beek just charged van Duinen off the ball, a clear free-kick and a red card as it would have been a free run on goal for the ADO striker, but nothing was given.
The second half saw both teams play a different game. ADO went up a gear and Feyenoord looked to take it easy. This prompted ADO to push forward and start some attacking football that was missing in the first half.
Two minutes into the second half ADO were awarded a free-kick on the left. Roland Alberg whipped the ball into the area, van Duinen got free of his marker and guided his header across the goal into the far corner, 2-1.
Fifty six minutes in and from a corner on the right, Danny Bakker rose high and powered a header goalwards, The keeper Kenneth Vermeer doing well to tip the ball over the bar.
The rest of the game was very much an even affair. Feyenoord going close with a volley by Immers, that whistled past the post. Hansen had then to pull off a point blank save, again from Immers, the rebound in front of an open goal hit the post, ADO riding their luck. ADO chances came late on in the game. New signing Eduardo Wilson hit a long range shot that deflected off a Feyenoord defender. The ball looped up and looked to be curling into the top corner, only for Vermeer to acrobatically turn the ball away.
The game came to an end. ADO got what they deserved, nothing. It seems that many ADO players do not want to play for the club, lethargic and no heart. It was only Hansen and van Duinen who showed any real fight in their play. Things really do have to change quickly. Next is FC Twente at home on Wednesday followed on Saturday by a must win game at relegation threatened FC Dordrecht. If ADO don’t collect three points there, I fear for the clubs survival in the top division of Dutch football.
ADO Man of the Match: Mike van Duinen.