With both teams being humiliated in their last Eredivisie games before the international break, ADO losing 6-1 at Vitesse and NAC losing 6-1 at Heracles, something had to change as both sets of fans were full of anger following on from those defeats. Would this mean a boring defensive game, or would the teams just go for it hell for leather?
From the start it looked like ADO were going to be in for another heavy defeat. The team looked nervous and in the first two minutes almost gave away a crazy goal. The ball was played back to keeper Martin Jansen, he was under no threat, he moved the ball across the area and cleared the ball straight to Joeri de Kamps. Thankfully the NAC players got over excited and hit the ball just wide of the empty net, a huge let off.
In the following three minutes ADO’s keeper turned from pantomime villain into a super hero. Hansen making three superb reflex saves as NAC threatened to overrun ADO. The best from a powerful close range effort by Adnane Tighadouini which somehow Hansen blocked.
ADO were then dealt a serious blow as Wilfried Kanon was sent off in the ninth minute. Kingsley Boateng was sent racing forward and was pursued by Kanon. Inside the penalty there was contact made, but nothing hard, yet Boateng fell to the ground looking for the penalty, which the referees assistant duly gave. s if that was not enough punishment, the referee, Jochem Kamphuis gave the defender a straight red. ADO players and staff were beside themselves with rage. Kanon was visibly upset and would not leave the field, it was only when reserve keeper Robert Zwinkels came to get him did he walk away in tears. So eighty or so minutes left to play with then men. ADO got their reward for the bad decision as Tighadouini smashed the penalty high over the bar.
ADO could not get out of their own half at all, the home side totally dominating the game. In the thirty first minute they took the lead. Yet again NAC attacked down the left wing, Tighadouini crossed into the area. Thomas Kristensen hesitated allowing Mats Seuntjens to race in and put the ball inside the post, 1-0.
Going a goal down lit the fire under ADO and they started to go forward, a nothing to lose mentality had kicked in. In the thirty fourth minute Mathias Gehrt was fouled, Roland Alberg took the free-kick deep into the area, Michiel Kramer got his head to the ball only to watch it hit the post. Four minutes later an almost identical move. A long free-kick, the header from Kramer this time going just wide of the post.
The second half started with Hansen being forced into another good save, this time a long ball released Seuntjens, he raced forward, the ADO keeper stood up strong blocking the shot.
The game slowed down a bit, a few heavy challenges being awarded with yellow cards. a midfield battle with no prisoners being taken. As the game moved on, ADO started to get a lot of freedom down the right flank. Dion Malone working well in tandem with Gehrt. They started to stretch the NAC defence.
In the sixty seventh minute ADO got level. ADO again coming down the right, ball inside to Mike van Duinen who played in Alberg. The ADO captain shot on goal but fired wide, however top scorer Kramer was lurking with intent at the far post to put the ball into the net, 1-1.
ADO went up through the gears, the fans of ADO got louder as ADO began to look for the win, they pushed NAC backwards, but they could not get the final ball into a decent position to finish off the hosts.
In the ninetieth minute NAC almost stole the three points. Yet again it was Hansen who saved ADO, this time denying Uros Matic. In the final minute of added time NAC broke again, only for Erik Falkenburg to shoot wide.
So ADO came away with a point, considering most of the game they played with only ten men it felt more like a victory. The players celebrated the win with the supporters who had themselves never stopped singing throughout the game. Hopefully this confidence boost can be carried over into the next game at home to FC Dordrecht next Friday night.
ADO man of the match: Martin Hansen, heroic on the night.
ADO team: Hansen; Malone, Zuiverloon, Kanon, Meijers; Jansen, Kristensen, Gehrt (87. Houtkoop); Van Duinen, Kramer (78. Schet), Alberg