After ADO’s 1-1 draw with Ajax last weekend, the team travelled to Zwolle in buoyant mood, especially after their second half display and the goal scoring exploits of the Eredivisies leading goal scorer Michiel Kramer. Sad to say, but the team everybody hoped would turn up, did not. The ADO players were, as described by manager Henk Fraser in his post match interviews, lacking in motivation. They could rise to the occassion against Ajax, but against lesser ranked teams, ADO failed to impress. Last season ADO lost 6-1 here and it could have easily have been the same again.
For the first fifteen minutes the home side simply swarmed all over ADO. Wave after wave of free flowing football saw the visitors being totally taken apart. ADO’s midfield were not in the game at all and all to often gave the ball away too cheaply. Martin Hansen in the ADO goal had to be alert to pull off a stunning reflex save from Tomáš Necid followed soon after by another shot from Ryan Thomas.
In the sixteenth minute PEC were awarded a penalty after ADO were found guilty of trying to play pretty football around their own area. Aaron Meijers hesitated, lost the ball allowing Jody Lukoki to get free only for ADO’s Thomas Kristensen to slide in, miss the ball and take out the player. Referee Kevin Blom had no hesitation in awarding the spot kick, which was despatched with ease by Necid, 1-0.
ADO did not improve after going behind, so on the half hour Fraser made a double substitution in an effort to change things, Mathias Gehrt and Kristensen taken off and replaced by two much younger players Xander Houtkoop and Tyronne Ebuehi.
It was not until the final seconds of the first half that AO had a chance on goal. A cross deep into the box from the left my Meijers saw an unmarked Roland Alberg jump high and power a header goalwards from close range, the Zwolle keeper, Warner Hahn was able to acrobatically claw the ball away.
The hosts started the second half as they had played during the first and twice in the opening five minutes Hansen was called upon to make vital saves, ADO really under pressure.
In the fifty eighth minute, Zwolle got their well earned reward and increased their lead. ADO just could not clear the ball away from the danger area. The ball came out to Necid whose well disguised pass found Jesper Drost with room to turn and simply stroke the ball into the net, 2-0.
Seventy one minutes played and Zwolle were three up. A fast move down the left side saw Bart van Hintum fire the ball towards the near post, Hansen went to meet it, but Necid sped in to get a clinical finish into the goal, 3-0.
ADO soon pulled one back. Houtkoop took a free-kick from the centre of midfield, his delicate floated ball was missed by everybody, the ball bounced lof a Zwolle defender into the path of top goal scorer Michiel Kramer, who knocked the ball home, no celebration, no nothing, the heart had gone from ADO by now, 3-1.
In the closing phase Kramer headed over the bar and Hansen had to make another save. The bad news for ADO was that defender Vito Wormgoor was taken off with a leg injury. So all in all a bad at the office for ADO. The looks and demeanour of players said it all. ADO just did not turn up for this game.
ADO man of the match: Martin Hansen, without his effort, could have been a real thrashing.
ADO Team: 1 Martin Hansenm, 2 Dion Malone, 3 Vito Wormgoor, 5 Wilfried Kanon, 6 Thomas Kristensen, 7 Kevin Jansen, 8 Aaron Meijers, 9 Mike van Duinen, 10 Mathias Gehrt, 23 Roland Alberg, 29 Michiel Kramer.