Did you know? Lommel SK
Our Kemphanen are in a good flow. Partly thanks to a strong mentality that our boys put on the mat every week. Hopefully this time we will also be able to keep the three points at home.
We are already meeting our opponent Lommel for the eleventh time in just two years. After the takeover of the City group, they also received a sporting and financial injection. They are currently jointly in second place, together with Deinze and Lierse. Only the goal difference is less than these two other clubs. In the interim season they lost 4 important players: defender/midfielder Vinicius Souza left for KV Mechelen, and also the entire front line – quite a scourge for everyone last year – Marlos Moreno (KV Kortrijk), Anass Zaroury (Sporting Charleroi) and Manfred Ugalde (FC Twente) went to other places. They were replaced by Costa Rican Alonso Martinez (right winger), Australian A-international Daniel Arzani (left winger) and recently Brazilian young striker Arthur Sales.
Also in the defensive compartment, 3 newcomers joined the core: the Uruguayan goalkeeper Cristopher Fiermarin, the Peruvian right back with the beautiful name Kluiverth Aguilar and the Swede Jesper Tolinsson, who was immediately bombed as the player with the highest transfer market value in 1B.
Last week they won handsomely in RWDM. The headlines were clear: Lommel teaches RWDM a lesson in efficiency. It won’t be yet! The Brussels club had no less than 71% possession of the ball, but the Limburgers still managed to get back on the bus with the full loot. The goals were scored by Anello and Verschueren. They had already taken their club to a double lead in the first twenty minutes.
T2 Peter van der Veen was ultimately moved to the T1 position at the start of the season. Their English coach Liam Manning was given the opportunity to coach MK Dons in the League One. For example, the Dutchman was allowed to move up a row after he previously mainly coached the youth teams of the KNVB.
The following players appeared on the field of RWDM last weekend: Fiermarin, Lemoine (30′ Belghali), Neven, Wuytens (64′ Thordarson), Caio Roque, Verschueren, Kis, Rosa, Anello, Saito and Arzani (58′ Tolinsson).
As we mentioned before, our Kemphanen have a wonderful mentality and a very strong condition this season. At the beginning of the season, the players’ core sometimes cursed, but they too see the result of that now. No less than 72% of our goals are scored in the second half, with 27% in the last fifteen minutes.
Figures that speak volumes.
David Jensen leads the ranking as the least passed goalkeeper, the reborn Tuur Dierckx is the leader in the ranking of assist provider and Jan Bernat is just below top scorer Maderner.
Last weekend the line-up was changed for the first time and striker Lyle Foster joined the squad for left back Kouya Mabea. For example, Maxim De Cuyper moved back a row and Jan Bernat started playing on the left wing.
The game should have been played in the first half.
However, we lacked efficiency. Fortunately, Fernand Gouré was able to put the signs to our side in the last second of the game.
The only blemish on this match was that Foster had to be sidelined with an injury.
Both Edi(sson) Jordanov and Glenn Neven had their say this week. Edi mainly talked about the team spirit. “We are one close-knit team,” he said. “We should not approach this match against Lommel too relaxed, but that is not our style by the way. We have only just begun and there is still a long way to go. We are fully in a process and we can only grow. The hunger to take the three points every week must remain present”
Captain Glenn Neven van Lommel said that they were ready to fight. Although he had nothing but praise for our club: “It’s always fun to play in the Kuipje. It is a sympathetic and sporty club that is in great shape. Westerlo is rightly in the lead.”
Last 5 confrontations in ’t Kuipje
22/09/2019 2-2 Biset (1-0), Claes (1-1), Naessens (2-1), Rocha (2-2)
02/11/2019 1-1 Abrahams (1-0), Sanyang (1-1)
11/01/2020 2-1 Van Eenoo (1-0), Brüls (2-0), Krizan (2-1)
06/12/2020 2-1 Van Eenoo (1-0), Wuytens (1-1), Cicek (2-1)
15/02/2021 1-1 Van Eenoo (1-0), Neven (1-1)
Statistics and text: Peter Boons