Friday night in the Kyocera stadium saw ADO fighting for their Eredivisie survival. ADO have been going through a run of bad results and performances, and things needed to be turned around quick. ADO beat Vitesse in Arnhem at the start of the season, winning 1-2. Another win would be most welcome.
For ADO it ended as another night of regret and defeat. Despite three of the new signings in the starting eleven, ADO never really threatened to score. A couple of weak efforts only, nothing to test the opposition keeper.
ADO started the game really well, looking threatening down both flanks. Randy Wolters being the main focal point of all that was good with the home side. ADO pressed hard, fought in the tackle, it got the fans excited and the noise in the stadium rose up a few levels. ADO got crosses into the box early, something they had failed to do of late. Twice Guyon Fernandez came close to making full contact with his head, both times his efforts were just mistimed and cause Eloy Room in the Vitesse goal any problems. But it was all good for Den Haag.
Then bang! A double strike in two minutes saw Vitesse take an undeserved lead. Firstly Room cleared his lines with a long kick, Vitesse moved forward down the right wing. The ball was played inside to Adnane Tighadouini, he has three ADO defender close to him, yet created space enough to shoot left footed low into the far corner, 0-1.
Thirty one minutes played and Vitesse were two goals in front. ADO defence were holding their formation well. A ball split the off-side, according to the assistant referee it did anyway. ADO appealed for off-side, yet play was allowed to continue, despite the forwards being in an off-side position and both clearly interfering with play. Ricky van Wolfswinkel ended up with the simple task of knocking the ball into an empty net. Terrible officiating, 0-2.
The second half was very much a non event. Both sides lacking goal scoring opportunities. Vitesse coming closest to extending their lead, again ADO never got a solid sight on goal.
At the final whistle the fans knew relegation fight was now truly on. ADO’s former manager Henk Fraser claiming the three points, level Zeljko Petrovic with yet more headaches to deal with over the weekend. Next game is a real six pointer when ADO travel to Go Ahead Eagles who are currently in last place in the Eredivisie, nothing short of the win will be good enough.