Trainer Dirk Kuijt understands that the supporters of ADO Den Haag are dissatisfied with the performance. Nevertheless, the 104-time Orange-international, who saw his team lose 1-3 on Friday to Jong PSV, remains positive.By our sports editors
“I understand that the supporters are dissatisfied with the results,” Kuijt told ESPN. “And also that I occasionally hear that I should no longer be here. I understand that emotion.”
In the stands in the Bingoal Stadium in The Hague, the frustration of the supporters was audible and visible on Friday, especially when ADO faced a 0-3 deficit after a dramatic first half. White handkerchiefs were waved and the call for Giovanni Franken’s return was heard. Franken was interim trainer of the main force last season and is now coach of ADO under 21.
Kuijt emphasized that he also heard positive things from the stands. “The public is very eager, they have remained behind the team.”
‘I see things I want to see’
After the defeat against Jong PSV, ADO is the number seventeen in the Kitchen Champion Division. Two weeks ago, Kuijt’s team recorded a handsome 1-2 victory over PEC Zwolle, but that seems to have been an incident. “I had hoped that we would continue that line,” said Kuijt, who believes that his team’s game on Friday evening was less bad than the result suggests.
“I saw things that I think: I would like to see that. A good attacking build-up and a good first chance. If that chance goes in, it becomes easier. We’ve been having a hard time for weeks because we don’t reward ourselves. It’s up to us as staff to work hard on that.”
ADO’s next game is next Friday. Then FC Eindhoven is the opponent in the Bingoal Stadium. The team of trainer Rob Penders is in third place after a good start to the season.
- ADO Den Haag-Jong PSV 1-3
- MVV-Willem II 3-2
- FC Den Bosch-Heracles 1-2
- PEC Zwolle-Jong Ajax 1-1
- FC Eindhoven-FC Dordrecht 1-1
- Helmond Sport-TOP Oss 1-2
- De Graafschap-Jong AZ 2-0
- Telstar-Jong FC Utrecht 2-2
- Almere City-Roda JC 2-1