ADO Den Haag claimed a vital away point at FC Utrecht on Sunday. This was their first point gained away from home since the 1-1 draw at Roda JC on October 22nd. The truth being ADO were robbed of a clear penalty in the final moments of the first half.
After a slow start to the game it came to life in the sixteenth minute. Former ADO player Ramon Leeuwin misplaced a pass and lead to Dion Malone being in possession before calmly making it 0-1.
ADO began to push forward more and were the more threatening team on the attack, a great chances falling to Edouard Duplan. ADO had more openings but the final ball and bad decision making meant a second goal was not forthcoming.
Utrecht started to gain an advantage in midfield and began to create chances, a few close calls. ADO could not prevent the equaliser scored in the fortieth minute after an error between Tom Beugelsdijk and Danny Bakker. The mistake allowing Richairo Zivkovic to make it 1-1.
In the final moments of the first half, Guyon Fernandez cut into the penalty area, were he was clearly fouled by Robin van der Meer, another former ADO player. It was a 100% penalty, yet referee Serdar Gözübüyük ignored all the appeals, a shocking decision.
The second half saw ADO play a far more defensive game. The home side had their chances, the best coming from Yassin Ayoub, his effort hitting the crossbar. ADO held on and tried a few quick counter attacks to grab all three points, but it wasn’t to be.
A point away from home is a good result for ADO, it should have been three! Sadly all the other teams in the relegation battle are now also picking up points. The fight for survival looks as though it will go down to the final weeks with just nine games to go.