The highlight of the month surely is the absolute thrashing of Ajax that no one saw coming. The first 30 minutes were fairly even with neither side finding much room offensively before Guerra opening the scoring in the 31st minute then less than a minute later Leao scored on a great cross from Danchenko. Ajax began ramping up the pressure and got one back in the 36th minute from Ziyech and we went into the break with a 2-1 lead. Knowing they had a Europa League match a few days prior we picked up the tempo in the second half and wore them out with Marcussen scoring off a corner from Danchenko in the 63rd minute. Guerra added another goal in the 89th minute and then assisted on a goal by Arena in injury time. 5-1 over Ajax!
Prior to Ajax we beat up on Heracles Almelo and PEC Zwolle; Stengs had a brace against Heracles Almelo scoring both goals within 60 seconds of each other. Taabouni and Til added goals against PEC Zwolle. We were possibly hungover from the Ajax match and struggled against NAC Breda but Leao came on in the 53rd minute and created an easy goal for Guerra in the 60th minute after we struggled to get anything going up until that point. Our midfield and defense was stellar and made it stand for the final 30 minutes, not allowing a single shot in the second half.
Outside of the NAC Breda match, we were quite dominate. We are now on a league best 22 match unbeaten streak, our loss to ADO Den Haag in September seems so long ago.
After a slow start to the season Guerra while recovering from his injury, he is starting to turn it on of late and this month was no different. His outing against Ajax was amazing. He finished the month with 3 goals and an assist in 3 matches. On the season he has 11 goals and 5 assists, down from last year but plenty of tim to play.
We are pleased to report a clean bill of health this month.
Ajax has been an offensive juggernaut this season but in their last 3 matches they have only scored 2 goals. They still have 14 more goals than the next best scoring team (us). We have distanced ourselves from 3rd and appear to be headed for a final match outcome again.
Not an easy month by any means but April gets really tough so we need to be perfect here. Ajax advanced to the second knockout round in the EL (facing Napoli), so it will be interesting how to play this month.
ScottT - A huge month for us, now we have to keep the pressure on!