On Friday night ADO Den Haag took the trip to Arnhem to take on Vitesse. It has been a turbulent week for ADO, reports about tensions between players and manager making the headlines. This, plus the run of results and less than good performances have seen ADO take some criticism from the fans. The only good thing is that ADO are maintaining a safe goal difference, never getting hammered, either winning or losing by the odd goal. So would ADO turn things around tonight?
The simple answer to that question is no! ADO produced one of the worst dis[plays of any football team I have ever witnessed. ADO were behind the pace, lacked fight and even basic passing skills. ADO were not in the game at all. Vitesse were all over ADO, their passing and movement was outstanding. They played with flair and ADO just could not deal with it. ADO were losing every 50/50 ball, they could only watch as the hosts tore them apart. You see a team in every game with a couple of players having an off night, but in Arnhem, not a single ADO player can say they had a good game.
Vitesse took the lead after five minutes, a move down the right saw Valeri Qezaishvili play a pass that split the ADO defence, Kelvin Leerdam quickly controlled the ball before smashing the ball into the net, 1-0.
ADO almost replied instantly, from the restart Meijers raced down the wing, crossed into the danger area. Xander Houtkoop struck a shot that hit Mike van Duinen, the ball rebounding back to Michiel Kramer whose shot went just wide of the upright.
In the fourteenth minute Vitesse extended their lead with a goal that was clearly offside. Again they came down the right flank, Bertrand Traoré crossed the ball towards the six yard box. Leerdam had gone too soon, yet the referees assistant did not flag for the offence and the forward got his and Vitesse’s second goal, 2-0.
In the twenty first minute ADO pulled a goal back. A long ball out of defence found Gianni Zuiverloon out wide on the right. His cross into the box found Roland Alberg whose snap shot was saved well be Piet Velthuizen in the Vitesse goal, the keepers block saw the ball rebound to Kramer who raced in and lifted the ball over tyhe keeper into the back of the net, 2-1.
Vitesse got their two goal lead back in the thirty first minute. Leerdam ran down the left, gave the ball to Rochdi Achenteh who whipped in a cross at pace. ADO’s Timothy Derijck flung himself at the ball to try and head it clear, yet only succeeded in diverting the ball into his own net, his second own goal of what is becoming a nightmare season for the returning Belgian defender, 3-1.
Vitesse were now just ripping through the ADO midfield and defence with ease. A long range effort on goal was blocked by Derijck using his arm. So a free-kick was awarded twenty five metres from goal. Marko Vejinovic took the kick and it was perfectly struck, up and over the wall at pace curling into the top corner, excellent strike, 4-1.
ADO were by now hoping that the half-time whistle would blow, eventually it did, but not until Vitesse had got their fifth goal in the forty first minute. Some great play by Vitesse across the pitch saw the ball go wide left to Achenteh, as he crossed van Duinen slid in and blocked the ball with a raised arm, a clear penalty. Vejinovic took the penalty and calmly beat Martin Hansen in the ADO goal, 5-1.
As nightmares go, the first forty five minutes were as bad as they could possibly get. The second-half saw the hosts basically just toying with ADO. They just kept coming forward, but thankfully with not as much urgency as in the first-half. They had several chances on goal, but did not actually score. That changed in the sixtieth minute when Kevin Jansen was adjudged to have pulled down Abiola Dauda. Vejinovic was the man again to take the penalty, again scoring and claiming his hattrick, 6-1.
The final thirty minutes saw Vitesse take the foot off the gas and just play simple football. ADO hardly got out of their own half, not even close to causing a threat. At the final whistle the ADO travelling support vented their anger at the players. The keeper Hansen was brave enough to leave the pitch and walk over to the plexi glass and held his hands up to apologise for the display the team had put on. Later he posted this message on his twitter feed. “Everybody travelling to support us today. Everybody supporting us everyday don’t deserve this ! Apologies!” Got to give him huge respect for his actions and he has received great credit from the fans.
Attendance: 13, 231
ADO team: Hansen; Zuiverloon, Derijck, Kanon, Meijers; Malone, Alberg (81. Gehrt), Jansen (81. Bakker); Houtkoop (81. Merencia), Kramer, Van Duinen