We had a dream start against KV Mechelen, who were predicted to finish 1st this season, beating them 1-5 away from home. George Thomas got a brace at his competitive debut, with Yanis Azaouagh getting on the scoresheet as well. A home match against KVC Westerlo followed, where we fell short, losing 1-2. Almost a week later, we faced RE Virton away. Sam Hendriks missed a pen, Kehli and Kerrouche scored 1 goal each and for the last quarter of the game, we were playing with 10 men, but managed to escape with a 0-2 win. The game against Tubize was a really bad one. We played worse than Barcelona did away at Anfield. While we did score in the 87th minute with loanee Alex Pascanu scoring, we conceded a goal from Lee Jae-Gun in the 93rd minute, making 1-1 the final score. A match against RU Saint-Gilloise followed, where we returned to good performances, beating them 0-2, with Thomas scoring his 3rd league goal.
The month of September saw us playing 4 league matches, 3 of which were at home, all chosen to be televised. We started with a strong 5-3 win against Beerschot, a game with 2 own-goals and a brace from George Thomas. Our next home game was against KV Mechelen, who we beat 1-5 on this season's matchday 1. We beat them once again, this time 3-1, with goals from Azaouagh and another brace from Thomas. George Thomas found himself on the scoresheet for the 4th match in a row, this time against RE Virton, with Samy Kehli scoring the 2nd goal. We ended September with an away trip to Westerlo, an extremely hard match. We hit the woodwork twice and Westerlo once. Both times had many chances, but we escaped with a win from 't Kuipje thanks to another goal from Thomas.
Our cup journey started in the 4th round of the competition, against Dikkelvenne. We were 0-1 up with Mercier in the first 18 seconds of the game, with Samy Kehli doubling our lead 5 minutes later. Kehli completed his brace at the start of the 2nd half, while Sam Hendriks scroed a hat-trick inside 7 minutes (64, 67, pen 71). This match had an attendance of 786, 763 of which were OHL fans meaning that Dikkelvenne had just 23 fans in the game. In the 5th round of the Cup, we were drawn against RAAL Louviére, who despite not being on our best, we beat 1-0 thanks to a penalty goal from Thomas Henry.
In the 6th round, we were drawn to Jupiler Pro League side Sint-Truidense. The match was scheduled for the 25th of September at Den Dreef. With an attendance of 10.000 people, we tried our best to qualify for the next round. But it just wasn't meant to be. Dominating the game with 62% possession and having 24 shots, we conceded a heartbreaking goal in stoppage time from Mohamed Buya Turay, which sent us out of the competition.
We are sitting in 1st place with 22 points. KVC Westerlo are behind us just with 18 points and KSV Roeselare complete the top 3 with 14 points. As you can tell by the goal difference, we have been the best team in terms of goals, scoring 22 and conceding just 8 in the 9 league matches we have played. The biggest disappointment this season is Mechelen, who are sitting dead last in the league with just 1 win in 9 games.
I don't think there is any doubt regarding who will receive the POTM award. Of course, the award goes to Leicester loanee, George Thomas. Undoubtedly our most prolific player this season, scoring 9 goals and assisting 1 in his 10 appearances. An impressive player, surely one of our key players this season.
What a terrific first two months in charge. Everything went according to plan. I have finally gotten over what happened at Racing-Union and I am enjoying my life here in Belgium. I think we are serious contenders for the league this season and we are certainly proving it. It's still the 1st phase though, so I shouldn't get too excited. Dad is happy too, even though he's getting older every day, his life is also getting better. I don't know what I'd do without him. I love him more than my life and I can't be more proud to be his son.
We're making history this season!
We knew that all those teams were superior, but we proved that we're good ourselves!
Indeed, it's more exciting than the Sevilla appointment of King.