Oostende’s line up featured a player called Lukaku and a loanee from Club Brugge. Alex had gone back to his strongest line up and Dion Cools made his first start under Alex and second start for the club. Alex felt Dion was just as good as the other back up right back and wanted Meunier to play further up to make use of his creativity. In a close call N’Djeng beat out Vossen to start.
Brugge were on the back foot from kickoff with Oostende but, despite that after 20 minutes the only action had been bookings for Jordan Lukaku and Kevin Vandendreissche. After 25 minutes what seemed to be the most dangerous moment of the game so far to Alex occurred Brugge loanee Tuur Dierckx beat a man and then hit in an awful cross that Butelle easily held. His kick was poor though and Alex groaned as yet another Oostende attack was launched. Dierckx hit an early pass to Vanden whatever and he passed to Gohi Bi. Bi turned on the afterburners and simply ran past the two centre backs to get in on goal, his shot was awful though and couldn’t have hit Butelle more centrally in the chest. Joao Paulo smacked away the rebound.
The halftime whistle was a relief to everyone and Alex told his team he expected better. Meunier had been poor and was replace by Gedoz as Alex looked for a spark from his team up front.
“It’s to easy for them” Alex yelled as Oostende yet again passed through Brugge Gohi Bi fired a shot on target from 30 yards out and Butelle sat down read a book, then all of the terms and conditions related to an app he was interested in, quickly checked his hair and then got up and caught the awful shot. His punt out was awful though and Oostende attacked through Dierckx again. “Why is he out on loan” Alex asked himself after Dierckx beat a man again. The answer came as from 30 yards out he hit shot that was closer to the roof of the stadium than the bar and was met with jeers.
“Too f*cking simple” Alex yelled shaking his head. Gohi Bi again paicked up the ball and got one on one with Butelle, his shot was better this time but, hit off of Butelle’s arm and went out for a corner. Alex pulled off Simons and put on Vossen he figured Oostende would likely score so needed to be able to try and score on themselves.
A poorly hit in free kick meant the Brugge had a goal kick. Butelle hit the goal kick long and just inside the Oostende half N’Djeng got up to win the header, but didn’t as Vandendreissche pulled him down for some reason. The referee blew for the foul and showed the deserved second yellow to reduce Oostende to ten men and give Alex hope his team could win it. He told them all to push forwards in the hope of a goal.
Brugge began to dominate the game, but couldn’t get a clear chance. Felipe Gedoz got free out wide but, massively over-hit his cross and it went out for a goal kick. Alex was running out of hope when the clock ticked to 87 minutes. The goal kick went right to Joao Paulo and the ball was worked across the backline to Felipe Gedoz he beat one man and avoided a slide tackle before passing to Vanaken who switched play over to Joao Paulo he played it inside to Izquierdo who with one touch played in Vossen.
Vossen was on a 10 hour goalless run so Alex did not hold out much hope. Vossen took a touch and then hammered the ball into the top corner to send the stadium into delight and the Oostende keeper who had done almost nothing fell backwards with his gloves over his in anger. Alex celebrated with his coaching staff before yelling at his players to keep it tight at the back.
They did and Alex’s side grabbed a one nil win that may not have been pretty or deserved, but still won them the three points.
Alex was relieved to get the home win and thrilled to have won with his family watching on. A solid hardworking win and the fans went home happy with the result if not the performance.
Vossen ended his long goal drought which was another bonus.
Frequent visitor Remi Garde was at yet another game.
Last and most importantly we get into the top six which is needed to have a shot of the title or more realistically this year CL football. It is very tight though so we have to keep getting points.