After ADO Den Haag’s poor performance at home to Heerenveen last weekend, the team played at bottom of the Eredivisie PEC Zwolle on Friday night. Everyone was hoping ADO can turn in a better display and claim three points before the next international break.
ADO were missing influential captain Aaron Meijers through a knee injury and ADO were not at the races. Direct from the kick-off Zwolle went forward and former ADO captain Danny Holla fired just across the goal and saw his effort just go wide. In the tenth minute the home side found it easy to play through the ADO defence, Kingsley Ehizibue forcing Ernesto Setkus in to a fine save.
The midfield battle was being won all to easily by Zwolle. Far too much space for the home side to move into and attack. ADO could only get rest when playing the ball out to the wings, but the crosses were going astray. ADO again, the same as last weekend looking flat and short of ideas. After the run of league defeats, the fear of losing to the bottom team was all too clear to see.
ADO keeper Setkus is not currently endearing himself to the ADO support. On the half hour, under no real pressure he attempted a clearance which went straight to a forward who forced the keeper to make a save. Fir the second game running fans chanted for Robert Zwinkels to replace him.
After the break, ADO came out fighting and in the forty seventh minute went ahead. Ruben Schaken raced down the right wing, his cross to Mike Havenaar on the penalty spot, was touch back to the edge of the area for Tom Trybull to fire the ball into the back of the net, 0-1.
Just five minutes after the goal, Zwolle were back level. Holla lifting the ball forward to Youness Mokhtar, he kept his head, moved forward, turned inside and shot, the ball just catching the foot of Tommie Beugelsdijk enough to give Setkus no chance as the ball hit the net, 1-1.
Two minutes of madness followed, end to end football, Zwolle then ADO hitting the frame of the goal before Mokhtar broke clear, twisting and turning through the ADO lines, before a strong shot was brilliantly blocked by Tyronne Ebuehi.
In the seventieth minute Mokhtar proved unstoppable again, driving through ADO as though they were not there. Down the left wing, cutting inside, a tight angle to the goal and BANG! The ball hit the back of the net like a rocket, fantastic strike, 2-1.
That was the end of the goalmouth action. But the ADO woes did not stop there. Trybull was shown a second yellow card after a late challenge on Mustafa Saymak. The players all over reacted and a few bits of pushing and shoving ensued. So all in all a bad night for the team in yellow and green. Thankfully an international break is coming up, so they have time to regroup and get back to early season form.