Alfons Groenendijk has succeeded Zeljko Petrovic as ADO Den Haag head coach and his approach has already paid dividends. ADO Den Haag have collected almost the same number of points in nine games under their new coach as in twenty-one games under their old manager. Yet ADO Den Haag will not be too confident when they take on PSV, as they face a massive challenge against the big teams.
Four in a row
ADO Den Haag have won their three last games, in one week’s time. They last won four games in a row between December 2010 and February 2011. They earned their fourth consecutive win against PSV in Eindhoven thanks to Wesley Verhoek’s injury-time goal.
Groenendijk surpasses Petrovic
Following three wins in one week, ADO Den Haag have earned 1,56 points a game on average under Groenendijk. They have earned 0, 81 points a game on average under Zeljko Petrovic. ADO Den Haag claimed fourteen points in nine games under Groenendijk, while they earned seventeen points in 21 games under his predecessor Petrovic.
Havenaar on target
Striker Mike Havenaar flourishes under his new coach. The Japanese striker of Dutch descent has scored four goals in his last eight games under Groenendijk, while he netted three goals in sixteen games under Petrovic. Havenaar scored a goal in all of last four games, If he finds the back of the net against PSV, he will equal a record set by Michiel Kramer. The striker who has joined Feyenoord scored a goal in five consecutive matches for ADO Den Haag.
Five January signings
Groenendijk, though, is not the only person who accounts for ADO Den Haag’s successes. They bolstered their squad with five January signings: Abdenasser El Khayati, Guyon Fernandes, Donny Gorter, Randy Wolters and Abel Tamata. The latter made 28 appearances for PSV between 2011 and 2015 and was crowned champion with PSV in his last season in Eindhoven.