A game of very few chances meant both ADO and FC Twente would probably agree that a draw was a fair result.
In what was Dirk Heesen’s first game as the interim trainer of ADO after Fons Groenendijk left earlier this week, ADO were looking to return to winning ways. Last week’s 4-0 defeat to Heracles Almelo showed that ADO had much improvement to make if they want to stay in the Eredivisie next season. However, they started the game in 17th place with a win meaning that they would see themselves rise out of the relegation zone. FC Twente on the other hand, came into the game on the back of a 5-2 home defeat to Ajax, but sat comfortably mid-table in 12th place.
The game began and within the first few minutes there was a temporary stop as both sets of supporters were letting off fireworks, which ironically a few minutes later an advert for fireworks was shown on the big screen. However, both teams only had half chances from set pieces but most were cleared away. Aitor looked dangerous for FC Twente whilst Crysencio Summerville continued to look threatening. FC Twente may feel aggrieved for not receiving a penalty for a handball from one of the corners, which was checked by VAR, but it would’ve been harsh against ADO. ADO’s best chance came from a long throw on the right-hand side by John Goossens which evaded everybody and landed at the feet of Shaquille Pinas, but he couldn’t get his footing right and missed the ball.
After the game, Dirk Heesen stated that at half time ADO needed to win more of the second balls and ADO started the livelier of the two teams and Summerville came close with a header that was easily saved by the FC Twente keeper Joel Drommel. Arguably, FC Twente’s best chance came when Aitor was played clear in a one-on-one situation against Luuk Koopmans, but the Spaniard couldn’t choose whether to cross or shoot it, which led to Koopmans expertly gathering the ball.
The next 20 minutes led to ADO creating a few chances. Firstly, Summerville was played through on the right-hand side and played it towards Tomas Necid who blazed over in an open goal. However, it was given offside and spared Necid’s blushes. The next chance came from a cross by Meijers into the area and Drommel in the Twente goal had a miscommunication with his defenders and after a challenge from Immers, cleared the ball towards Tommy Beugelsdijk who attempted a cheeky lob that was narrowly over.
ADO’s best chance came in the 80th minute when Immers found a gap in the Twente defence which caught them sleeping as Michiel Kramer was clean through. It seemed as if this was the chance that meant ADO would go ahead, but instead Drommel pulled off an excellent save to his right to deny Kramer and ADO an opening goal. Moments later an attack from Twente led to Aitor hitting a half volley against the post, but was also given offside.
The last chance ADO had was from a counter attack after a Twente corner. Summerville again down the right-hand side found Kramer free in the box whose shot looked destined for the top corner, but comically hit Danny Bakker in the face to deny ADO the goal they so desperately wanted. However, neither team could find the winner as the game finished goalless.
FC Twente’s trainer Gonzalo Garcia said after the game:
‘ADO came with a lot of aggression and energy into the game. It was difficult for us to play football against ADO. There wasn’t no rhythm. Two or three calls could have gone for us and we could’ve got a result here.’
‘We had to fight so a draw is not a bad result for us.’
ADO’s interim boss Dirk Heesen was in agreement that a draw was a fair result. He also went on to say:
‘I said at half time we needed to win the second balls and then we got more of a grip on the game. Luuk did great in the 1-on-1 situation and it was also unlucky that it hit Bakker in the face or we probably would’ve won.’
‘It was not a super game but I’m happy in the way we played and the character of us tonight.’
Full time: ADO Den Haag 0-0 FC Twente
Man of the Match: Luuk Koopmans
Referee: Siemen Mulder
Luuk Koopmans (GK)
Aaron Meijers ©
Tomas Necid (off) 72 (on) Michiel Kramer
John Goossens (off) 72 (on) Danny Bakker
Milan Van Ewijk
Erik Falkenburg (off) 84 (on) Elson Hooi
Trainer (Interim): Dirk Heesen
FC Twente Lineup:
Joel Drommel (GK)
Paul Verhaegh (off) 66 (on) Julio Pleguenzuelo
Wout Brama ©
Aitor Cantalapiedra (Known further as just Aitor)
Haris Vuckic (off) 74 (on) Emil Berggreen
Keito Nakamura (off) 81 (on)Queensy Menig
Trainer: Gonzalo Garcia
Words and photo: Alastair Ryan