After the first game of my real ADO-supporting career at last weekend’s defeat at home to VVV Venlo, I joined the fans traveling to Breda to face NAC on the supporters bus.
Roughly 425 ADO fans their way to Breda and from the start the support was incredible! For the entire first half they sang, cheered and bounced up and down so much you could feel the concrete bowing under the pressure.
The fans had the right to be in good spirits as ADO were controlling from the kick off. In the twenty first minute, the first real action of the game saw ADO take the lead. A swift move down the left saw Nasser Khayati play the ball down the wing to Sheraldo Becker, his low cross into the area saw Melvyn Lorenzen get to the ball in front of the keeper to poke the ball home, 0-1.
The crowd went crazy, it was fantastic to be in with the fans in the joyous celebrations, everyone hugging each other. ADO had two more great chances to score before half time, Khayati dictating the play with some sublime passes. But at the break it remained 0-1.
The second half saw a different ADO, almost identical as last week, their approach to the second half dipped in the levels of aggression and energy. This allowed the home side to gain more control of the game.
ADO got one break away after forty seven minutes, Danny Bakker seeing a header just miss the target. ADO were made to pay for that miss, as in the fiftieth minute former ADO player Gervane Kastaneer had magic close control to beat two defenders before firing in a shot from the edge of the 1-1.
The game became a bit of a bore, ADO fans still creating much noise in the fish aquarium style away section. As the clocked counted down, NAC picked up the pace, In the final seconds it was only Indy Groothuizen’s great save that prevented the home side taking all three points.
ADO Den Haag’s next home game is on Sunday 3rd February against Heracles Almelo, kick-off 16:45. A club card is NOT needed for this game.
Text Neal McClimon, photos Philip Bras