After almost six months FC Utrecht has been able to play for its own supporters again in Stadium Galgenwaard. The last time was at the victory over Ajax, which resulted in a place in the cup final that was never played. Three weeks before the start of the new year, Heerenveen was put aside in a practice match on Thursday evening (4-1).
Utrecht still feels robbed after the abrupt end of last season. But the last few weeks have seen decisive action on the transfer market, giving a clear signal that the focus is back on the future.
And talking about the future, as part of his trainer training, Utrecht was once led by assistant Rick Kruys. John van den Brom’s assistant saw his team combine very well, especially in the first half.
Django Warmerdam, who came over from Groningen, quickly pushed in the opening goal and after goals from Simon Gustafson (combination) and Adrián Dalmau (offense) a big score seemed to be in the making.
Rami Hajal went back from a corner on the stroke of rest (3-1), after which the tempo dropped. Gyrano Kerk still popped the 4-1 on the board when the market separated.
The newcomers Daniel Arzani, Momoun Mahi and Eljero Elijah did not come into action. The latter prepares a report together with FC Utrecht after a racist message from someone who posed as a fan of his old club FC Twente.
Heerenveen lost his fourth practice game in a row, after previous defeats against NAC, Vitesse and De Graafschap. A penalty in the last game (5-1) was reason for the new captain Joey Veerman to be very critical of his teammates. He said he had never been that bad with Heerenveen, and even with his old club Volendam.
Veerman straightened his back against Utrecht, just as some of his teammates played a lot better than the last few weeks. But the call for reinforcements is getting louder and louder in Friesland, with the name of Timo Letschert (transfer free after his departure from HSV) explicitly mentioned.
Look below at the reactions of John van den Brom, Rick Kruys and Johnny Jansen: