,,It will take quite some work to get everybody back on track.'' Danny Blind's quote told the story about the level and the result of Ajax's home match against FC Utrecht. Ajax delivererd a very poor performance and suffered a deserved 1-4 loss.
A tough schedule awaits Ajax. Thursday, the side travels to Heerenveen for the Gatorade Cup and Sunday Ajax face archrivals Feyenoord in Rotterdam. The latest defeat at the hands of Utrecht is a mental blow for Blind's team. Eralier this season, Ajax lost in Utrecht by 1-0. A lot of work to do for the staff of Ajax. ,,I still don't want to change too much against Heerenveen'', Blind cast a look ahead to the next match. ,,Many guys performed reasonably well. We couldn't adjust as a team.''
The home side had no answer for the three goals scored by Adil Ramzi, who just came over from AZ on loan. The forward struck after two minutes, according to Blind one of the decisive moments of the match. Another decisive moment was Tomás Galásek's miss from the penalty spot, seven minutes later. Olaf Lindenbergh was brought down and the captain, as usual took place behind the ball. But in difficult times even apparent certainties become uncertain, as the Czech midfielder proved. Galásek fired the spot kick high over the goal, his first penalty miss for Ajax. It was the prelude for a desparate afternoon for the club. ,,We were chasing Utrecht for the entire time'', said Blind. ,,Even more so when you face another deficit two minutes fater halftime.''
Ajax seemed revived after halftime. The first attack by the home team resulted in a goal, when Angelos Charisteas crossed to the unmarked Markus Rosenberg, who made it 1-1 with a hard shot.
But Ajax never recovered from Ramzi's second goal, just minutes after the equaliser. The experiment with Klaas Jan Huntelaar playing behind striker Charisteas did not pay off. Utrecht kept the defence closed and looked for the counter attack. Charisteas (just wide) and Mauro Rosales (Grandel boxed his effort away) came close in that stage of the match.
When Ramzi made it 1-3, however, all hope was abandoned. Referee Jol allowed Utrecht to take a quick free kick, but nowhere near where it should have been taken. Lone defender Urby Emanuelson had to try and stop two Utrecht players, and that was too big a task even for the talented youngster. Ramzi had no problem putting it away. When Robin Nelisse showed how to put away a penalty kick after a foul by Juanfrán, it only rubbed more salt in the wounds: 1-4.