Ajax made a good impression in Wednesday's match against FC Utrecht. The home side won by 2-0 in the ArenA. ,,We slowly wore Utrecht down", coach Adrie Koster said.
After two disappointing matches in a row, everything clicked for Ajax on Wednesday. Adrie Koster's team played with confidence and impressed from the start. ,,We showed our intentions right away”, Adrie Koster said. ,,Utrecht were under pressure from the start and never were able to play their own game. And our defence was very strong today.”
Ajax's last line was one of the big plusses of the evening. Jurgen Colin came on regularly as the right back and showed some good touches. Jan Vertonghen and John Heitinga did a great job in the middle and Urby Emanuelson provided the offensive impulses from the left. ,,John even played before the defence”, said Koster. ,,That often gave us an extra player in midfield.”
Unfortunately Emanuelson did not make it to the end of the match. He was brought down hard by Sander Keller fifteen minutes before the end. Emanuelson went off with a bruised knee, Keller with a red card. Emanuelson was replaced by Thomas Vermaelen. It were the belgian defender's first minutes for Ajax 1 since he suffered an ankle injury in September. When Vermaelen came on, Ajax had just taken the lead a few minutes earlier. Despite the superior play, it took Ajax long score. Klaas Jan Huntelaar volleyed the ball beautifully past goalkeeper Michel Worm from a cross by Edgar Davids. ,,We patiently waited for the first goal'', Koster said. ,,By keeping them under constant pressure, we slowly wore down Utrecht.”
After the first goal and against ten players, Ajax were the dominant team. John Heitinga, who had missed the match against NEC with a suspension, made it 2-0 in the 78th minute. Kenneth Perez crossed to Huntelaar, who headed it back to Heitinga. ,,All in all a good win'', Koster said. ,,We have to try to maintain this level.”