“You’re nothing special, we lose every week!” was the defiant chant from ADO Den Haag’s two hundred traveling supporters during the second half of the clubs dismal defeat to NEC Nijmegen. With a mass of injuries and absentees ADO struggled with a depleted squad and at times looked like a group of strangers playing together.
Missing both usual central defenders was a huge problem, big characters like Tom Beugelsdijk and Thomas Meißner who lead from the back could not be replaced. From early on the defence of ADO looked lost, a lost of miscommunication between the keeper and those in front of him. ADO were soon two goals down.
After four minutes ADO almost gifted a goal to their hosts. Wilfried Kanon giving a pass back to keeper Ernesto Setkus, his touch let him down, Danny Bakker simply didn’t react and NEC managed to get a shot away, but not on target.
Ten minutes in and the home side took the lead. From a goal kick the ball was played back into the ADO half, Kevin Mayi raced forward before curling a shot brilliantly into the far corner, 1-0.
Twelve minutes played and NEC got a free-kick after a foul by Achraf El Mahdioui, which earned him a yellow card. The kick was aimed at the far post, Dario Dumic headed the ball back across the area, only for Tyronne Ebuehi to head the ball past his own keeper into the net, 2-0.
NEC were finding it easy to get at ADO. They passed through the midfield to the forward line and had ADO under total control. In the final minute of the half NEC broke again. The ball coming to the left, Mohamed Rayhi twisted and wrong footed Setkus before placing the ball into the back of the net, 3-0.
The whistle blew to end the half, which had been a complete nightmare for ADO, three goals down and not having a single shot on goal in retaliation.
ADO looked a bit more settled in the second half, not allowing NEC to go through them so easily. And in the sixty fourth minute ADO actually managed a true strike on goal, El Mahdioui hitting wide from distance.
The game then just died a death, ADO couldn’t get forward and Nijmegen just happy to sit on their three goal lead. A dire game and a disaster for ADO Den Haag. Slowly but surely ADO are being dragged into the horrors of a relegation battle.