After Wednesday’s defeat at lowly De Graafschap, ADO Den Haag knew a huge improvement was needed as they took on the giants of Rotterdam, Feyenoord in the famous Kuip stadium. Did they improve? Oh yes they did! A solid display, great to see the team working as one. The long ball clearances stopped and instead played football on the floor and through Feyenoord. The fans saw this and recognised the new tactics and really roared the team on throughout the entire game.
In the opening period, ADO allowed the hosts plenty of possession of the ball, but lined up in solid formation. Feyenoord got a couple of sights in goal in the first two minutes, none where a threat to the goal. From the fourth minute onwards ADO picked up the challenge and matched Feyenoord in all departments. Forcing Feyenoord’s Dirk Kuyt to almost head into his own goal and soon after Aaron Meijers just missed the upright with a volley.
As the half continued ADO grew in confidence, where as last Wednesday they couldn’t put two passes together, where now pinging the ball around for fun, getting “Ole’s” from the yellow and green army high in the stands. They were quicker to loose balls, quick to see danger. However Feyenoord broke free in the twenty eighth minute and scoring a goal which was ruled out for offside. Not exactly an exciting game, as goal mouth action was in short supply.
In the forty second minute ADO attacked down the right. Ruben Schaken played in Gianni Zuiverloon who crossed the ball deep towards the far post, Mike Havenaar leapt high to knock the ball back across the area. First to react was Kevin Jansen who stooped low to head the ball home, 0-1.
With two minutes remaining of the first half, Feyenoord were awarded a free kick after a challenge on Eljero Elia by Zuiverloon was deemed to be a foul. The resulting free kick was hit with pace into the danger and met by the head of Kuyt whose bullet header flashed wide of the post.
The visitors started the second half well, the presence of Luciano Marengo down the right wing was causing all sorts of problems for the Feyenoord defence. Feyenoord tried to break ADO’s backline, but ADO players wore their hearts on their sleeves, doing anything and everything to block crosses and shots. Then a long ball forward caused panic at the back for Feyenoord. The keeper Kenneth Vermeer hurriedly cleared the ball out for an ADO throw in, in the fifty nineth minute. Within a few seconds, Danny Bakker and Schaken combined to play a ball forward, the Feyenoord defenders froze allowing Zuiverloon to race through and beat the keeper with an assured strike, 0-2.
The game quietened down until the final fifteen minutes as Feyenoord began to pile on the pressure. Chances were created, but shots still not causing Martin Hansen in the ADO goal any trouble at all. Then the Danish keeper proved he had stayed alert. In the eighty third minute, from a short corner routine, the ball was crossed in to the penalty area, Anass Achahbar got great contact with his head to the ball, only a world class diving one handed save prevented the goal, he was back in action again within seconds to collect the ball bravely at the flying feet of oncoming forwards.
That was the last action of the game. ADO’s fans were going crazy. That is six points from Feyenoord this season. The Feyenoorders were angry and booing their players, this was their fifth defeat in a row, an unwanted record for them. The ADO players went to celebrate with their supporters, you could really see the expressions of joy and relief after their last display.