Trainer Dirk Kuijt is very pleased with the revival of ADO Den Haag in the Kitchen Champion Division. The Hagenese won on Friday after a 1-2 deficit at NAC Breda and seem to have climbed out of a deep valley.By our sports editors
“This team has been through enough,” Kuijt told NAC after the game Broadcasting West. “We’ve gone on our mouths a few times, but then you have to learn to get up. This team always gets up, even if it might go down once. We give little away and create many opportunities. That’s what you want as a trainer. “
ADO aspires to return to the Eredivisie, but in recent weeks the Hagenese have camped at the bottom of the Kitchen Champion Division. It led to a lot of unrest in the third city of the Netherlands. Kuijt came under pressure and last month dozens of fans visited the training out of dissatisfaction with the dramatic start.
The world is now looking a bit rosier for ADO and former international Kuijt: after three victories in the past four games, the two-time national champion is in fourteenth place and a place in the second tier is within reach.
‘Today I missed the VAR’
Against NAC Breda, ADO seemed to run into a new damper. After three minutes, Jort van der Sande opened the score for the home team. ADO completed the catch-up race before the break thanks to two goals from club top scorer Thomas Verheydt.
“I’m very happy with the win,” said Kuijt. “Away from NAC is always difficult. We didn’t start the game well, a bit apathetic. We let ourselves be pushed back very easily in our own sixteen meters, which resulted in a quick goal. Fortunately, we came back well afterwards.”
Kuijt did complain about referee Edwin van der Graaf, who did not give a penalty just before half-time at a 1-2 score for a clear violation on Verheydt. “Sometimes I think: how wonderful it is to play without VAR, because you want to keep the pace in the game. Today I missed it.”
“If we had made it 1-3, we could have scored a big score here. Nevertheless, I am very proud of the team. For the fighting spirit, for the will to win every game and for the fact that we have won this victory. drew the line.”