Saturday evening in Arnhem, ADO Den Haag faced Vitesse and their former head coach Henk Fraser in their first away game of the season. After last weekend’s great display and result, The side from The Hague went their full of confidence and expectations were high.
The game proved to be difficult for ADO, as the hosts dominated the play from the start. Their attacking flair continued throughout the entire game. The big difference for ADO from previous seasons was they did not panic when under severe pressure. The defensive line were calm and instead of just hoofing the ball up field or out of play, they showed the confidence to play themselves out of trouble and start their own counter attacks.
In the seventh minute Vitesse had their first chance on goal, a long range low effort from Milot Rashica which saw ADO keeper Ernestas Setkus pull of a good save, which turned out to be the first of many.
The home side got the breakthrough after twenty two minutes. From a free-kick on the left, ADO couldn’t clear their lines, the ball fell to Ricky van Wolfswinkel, his first close range shot was brilliant saved by Setkus, but the rebound fell again to Wolfswinkel who smashed the ball into the roof of the net, 1-0.
ADO were back on level terms in the thirty second minute. Aaron Meijers took his time in midfield, looking up and playing a good ball down the left wing to Wilfried Kanon. Kanon curled in a wonderful cross towards the near post. Gervane Kastaneer reacted quickest, beating his marker and with an outstretched foot guided the ball into the back of the net, 1-1.
The second half saw Vitesse still being the dominant side. For the first fifteen minutes they had ADO trapped inside their own half, creating many chances and keeping Setkus busy. From one such attack ADO countered. In the sixty first minute a great long ball found Kastaneer in space on the left flank. He cut inside and faced up to Eloy Room in the Vitesse goal. The big man calmly curled the ball beautifully inside the far post, excellent finish, 1-2.
Vitesse pushed forward even more, Setkus was kept busy, producing many reflex saves to keep the hosts at bay. As the clock counted down, gaps began to appear at the back for Vitesse. ADO manager Zeljko Petrovic made three sensible substitutions, Dennis van der Heijden almost making it 1-3, after Room rushed from his goal to face the ADO youngster. Room lost the race and the shot from van der Heijden just rolled centimetres wide of the upright.
At the final whistle the ADO players came across to the travelling support, numbering around 150 to celebrate. The fans had been magnificent throughout, they sang every minute of the game. So two games, two wins and a goal difference of +4. Do ADO fans dare to dream of bigger and better things?