ADO Den Haag had a terrible night in Doetinchem on Wednesday night where they face bottom of the Eredivisie side De Graafschap. The hosts had only won two times this season, so everybody was expecting three points to be returning to The Hague. How wrong everybody was!
On a very wet night both sides had to get used to a very slippery surface. ADO looked to have adapted the quickest to the conditions and early on had more possession of the ball and after nine minutes the lead. Edouard Duplan raced down the left wing and got his cross into the penalty area where it was headed away for a corner. Duplan sent in a hard low cross, a flick off the boot of Timothy Derijck spun the ball across the goal, waiting at the far post was Mike Havenaar who simply poked the ball into the net, 0-1.
After the goal the home side upped their game and had ADO on the defensive for the rest of the first half. How De Graafschap did not score in the first half was almost unbelievable. So many crosses coming in, but the finishing was either just wide, or the attackers were arriving a tenth of a second too late to convert the chances.
ADO were also very lucky not to concede two penalties, both Derijck and Tommie Beugelsdijk clearly handling the ball inside the penalty box, yet referee Martin van den Kerkhof waved away all the appeals, seems ADO were leading a charmed life.
ADO finally got back into the attacking third of the field in the thirty seventh minute. Ruben Schaken whipped in a cross from the right, Havenaar hung in the air and redirected the ball to the far post, giving the keeper Hidde Jurjus no chance, but a great saving clearance by Ted van de Pavert saved a certain goal as he hooked the ball away.
The second half saw ADO being overwhelmed at times by their hosts. At times the team languishing at the bottom of the league were playing some great intricate football that saw ADO players just standing still at times, as though they had no answer to this problematic attack. They were certainly keeping Martin Hansen busy in the ADO goal.
ADO eventually capitulated and De Graafschap took complete control of the game. The equalising goal came in the sixty ninth minute. Two of ADO’s tormentors combined. From a throw in, Bryan Smeets crossed the ball in towards the penalty spot. Three defenders stood like statues as Vincent Vermeij went between them unmarked to easily tap the ball into the bottom corner with his right foot, 1-1. Dreadful defending!
Seventy eight minutes played and De Graafschap were deservedly in front. Smeets again providing the ammunition. He crossed the ball back to the edge of the penalty box where karim tarfi came running in and blasted a thunderous shot into the back of the net, giving Hansen no chance, 2-1.
ADO had two chances in the time remaining. ADO were awarded a free kick. Duplan floated the ball into the danger zone, Beugelsdijk rose highest and powered a header goal bound, yet somehow Jurjus’s cat like reflexes managed to tip the ball over the bar. Soon after Giovanni Korte forced another fine save from the keeper, as he blocked a close range shot.
In the third minute of injury time the home side got their third goal, it shouldn’t have stood due to Duplan being spun to the floor with a thud during the build up, right next to the referee. Play continued and the ball was played into the area and Cas Peters struck the ball home, 3-1.
In the end, ADO got what their performance deserved, nothing. To make matters worse. Duplan was given a yellow card which now rules him out of Sunday’s trip to Feyenoord. If ADO play on Sunday the way they played against the bottom team of the league, I fear a thrashing for our local club.