Today it was a game of all or nothing. If we wanted to keep up, three points were a must. Otherwise the gap with leader Beerschot would be seriously widened. And unfortunately it wasn’t meant to be. Only one of the last seven games @het Kuipje was won. At the moment we can speak of a dip. Whatever our Kemphanen try, the ball won’t disappear into the goal. There is little left of the fresh and sparkling football of the first period. We also heard the term decompression, but our coach said at the press conference that we are already at 30 points, which is already a serious improvement with last season, when we reached only 34 points over the whole season.
Due to the form crisis, the coach tried a new game system. The 3-5-2 was not completely new, but since the start of the competition we hadn’t played this tactic anymore. We saw Captain Maxime Biset back in the team and Fabien Antunes also got his chance again. He replaced Lukas Van Eenoo, who will not be in action this year due to an injury. Finally, Sava Petrov replaced his best buddy Kurt Abrahams, who got a seat on the bench.
In this closed game, the first chance fell on the counter. And she was for us. Christian Brüls sent Igor Vetokele deep, who came face to face with goalkeeper Mike Vanhamel van Beerschot between two defenders. The goalie parried the ball and also in the rebound Sava Petrov could not get the ball against the nets.
Beerschot was dangerous three times before the break. Koen Van Langendonck was always in the way.
In the second half the goal came out of nowhere. After a cross from the left, Saint-Louis got a little too much space from our defenders and he was able to get the ball into the goal next to Van Langendonck (0-1). Then you know that we have to go down because Beerschot chooses a low block. The best chance was for Christian Brüls, but his shot from outside the sixteen disappeared next to the goal. It was only a millimeter, but again it was just not.
A hard-fought match, but in the end the Rats went home with the three points.
KVC Westerlo: Van Langendonck, Dewaele, Biset, Soumah, Kone (75′ Vaesen), Van Den Bogaert, Keita, Antunes, Brüls, Petrov (62′ Abrahams) en Vetokele.
K. Beerschot VA: Vanhamel, Seigers, Prychynenko, Bourdin, Halaimia, Maes, Holzhauser, Grisez (62′ Vorogovskiy), Vancamp, Placca (57′ Noubissi) en Saint-Louis (86′ De Keersmaecker)
Goal: 59′ Saint-Louis (0-1)
Yellow cards: Soumah en Holzhauser