After a struggle for the first 40 minutes we finally get a goal before the break on our way to a 3-0 win against NAC Breda. Stengs left the match with a leg injury in the 34th minute, bringing on Saro. Saro provided a big spark, assisting on the goal by Guerra. Kovachev added a goal in the 79th minute, assisted by Midtsjo. Saro scored a goal for himself in the 90th minute. The scoreline was fitting for the match, as we dominated throughout.
Another convincing with at VVV-Venlo, Saro opened the scoring as he scored 17 seconds into the match with a great run through their defense. A complete team effort in a dominating performance with other goals from Torunarigha (assisted by Kovachev), Til (assisted by Eboa Eboa) and Kovachev (assisted by Doyle-Hayes).
We broke through first against Juventus on a goal by Guerra in the 15th minute, assisted by Stengs. The entire match was full of excitement as both teams attacked and counter-attacked the whole way. However, Everton assisted on a goal by Ronaldo in the 43rd minute and then finally Ronaldo assisted on a goal by Everton in the 66th minute. Both goals came from direct counter attacks as our defense could not cope with those two. It should be noted that both the goal and the assist were the first of the competition for the 38-year old Ronaldo.
Another dominate in the league, this time we take down SC Heerenvenn - whom are on a free fall down the table. Guerra had a brace with goals in the 3rd and 70th minutes, he also had an assist. Kovachev added a goal and an assist. And seldom used Luka Ivanusec added our final goal in the 86th minute. (forgot to mention we added him in August transfer window from Leeds)
A showdown with Ajax lived up to the hype but we came up short, their youth project Dennis James scored the loan goal in the 30th minute. We outplayed them as they were unable to regularly breakdown our defense, leading to a 23 to 5 shot advantage in our favor. Finally, the rematch with Bayer provides us a chance to likely take 3rd in the Group and we fail to grab all 3 points. They opened the scoring in the 20th minute with a goal from Paulinho but we answered right back with a goal from Guerra 2 minutes later. Guerra added another goal in the 34th minute. Bayer got the equalizer in the 59th minute on a free kicked headed in by Tah.
Overall, outside of the Ajax match we got about what we could have expected. We played really well throughout the month.
Guerra was outstanding this month! In four starting appearances he scored 5 goals and added an assist. He has basically taken over as our number one option at the top of our attack. He has a team leading 12 goals and 5 assists so far this season.
The squad continues to have no major injuries to report.
The loss to Ajax creates a decent size gap to get to the top but we do still have two matches in hand. We are finally seeing the table "normal"-ize with the usual suspects near the top. PEC Zwolle and sc Heerenveen are fading fast.
We need a miracle win away to Barcelona to get up to 3rd. Bayer decided to sack Julien Nagelsman after our match, they are struggling the Bundesliga too.
A busy month ahead in the league! A couple tougher away matches with Willem II and FC Utrecht but if we can maintain our standard of play we should be in really good position by the end of the month.