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Helmond Sport –Important Results
The four matches Helmond Sport have played.
This was a very important run of matches for us, as one was the all-important clash at the top: Helmond Sport against Sparta. If we lost, Sparta would only be one point away, but if we won Sparta would be seven points away. So a win was absolutely vital. Before this big match, we first had to play mid-table Fortuna Sittard. But despite good chances, we didn’t manage to score, and a disappointing 0-0 was the result. We had enough chances to score, but we managed to fluff all of them. However, we played good football so I wasn’t at all worried for the match against Sparta.
We started off well against Sparta, in the clash between the two biggest title contenders, and Davy Brouwers put us ahead after only 13 minutes. The stadium was bustling, and I think this was one of the reasons we got off to a good start: the fans were behind us, and the atmosphere must’ve really sparked something for the players. Just before half-time, we scored a vital 2-0, that made my half-time team talk a lot easier. I sent the players out with clear minds, and told them that if we kept playing like this, we would win. The result was exactly what I expected: we stayed calm and we even scored the 3-0 after 57 minutes, Serhat Koç scored yet another goal for us. The match was sealed, but then our new right-back Daan Bovenberg committed a stupid foul, giving Sparta the opportunity to score a consolation goal from the spot, and they did: 3-1. In the last minute, we even managed to restore our three-goal lead, and this meant we won this very hard match easily, with 4-1. This meant we were top by 7 points.
A week after that great win, we played another home match, this time against the numbers 18 Jong Ajax. An easy match was expected, but I was aware that any complacency could lead to the unnecessary dropping of points. Luckily, we started off well, and the players overwhelmed Jong Ajax, leading to the 1-0 being scored after only eight minutes: Marc Koot, who has been vital for the team, with 11 assists, scored the goal. Koç scored the 2-0 only 7 minutes after the 1-0, and the 3-0 was then scored by Elbers in the 28th minute: I was surprised by how easily we were winning, and I was happy that we didn’t get complacent. The match ended in 3-0 as well, because the team played out the match calmly, saving up energy for the next match.
The last match was one against fellow Periodetitel winners Telstar, but their form dramatically dropped after winning the second period, and they were in a disappointing 14th place when we played them. Despite it being an away game, we were considered heavy favourites. We played a good first half, but we didn’t manage to score a goal. I was getting worried when we still hadn’t scored after sixty minutes, but luckily young midfielder Van Geffen eventually scored the relieving 1-0 in the 65th minute, and 1-0 was also the final score. It was a very pleasing run, as we got 10 points from the possible 12 points, and we only conceded one goal in total.
In the spotlight is Marc Koot, together with Stanley Elbers two of Helmond’s most important players. Koot has thus far provided 11 assists, and another 2 were added to that the last four matches. He also scored a goal, an important one against Sparta.