Striking in the final minute, it is an art that Jong AA Gent now also seems to have mastered. When visiting their peers from Charleroi, the young Buffaloes managed to grab the three points with a 1-2 win on Saturday evening. “The joy in the dressing room was immense. We had not yet experienced this this season,” said T2 Thomas Matton.
Jong AA Gent could count on an almost complete core in Charleroi. Only Tibe De Vlieger was missing due to a yellow suspension. The Ghent technical staff was eagerly awaiting the reaction of the young Buffaloes after the painful 2-3 home defeat against Winkel Sport. “We immediately noticed a good reaction during training and we had already seen that the defeat had not stuck,” said T2 Thomas Matton.
Before half time the game remained in the balance for a long time, but just before half time the young Carolos took the lead. “We expected a difficult match and that turned out to be the case. We had better ball possession, but Charleroi had enormous dueling power and was also strong on stationary phases. Moreover, we did not play our best match and it was no coincidence that they struck at a standstill.”
The second half started excellently for Jong AA Gent. The returning Bram Lagae showed himself to be the fastest during a stationary phase, when the ball came back into the field via the post. “We came out of the dressing room excellently and after that equalizer the game was very balanced and both teams still had excellent opportunities.”
Ghent pressed further and the Buffalos also played a lot of goal danger, but goals no longer seemed to be scored. Until the young Ukrainian Micha Dubrovnyi gave the visitors the victory with a wonderful action. “Then of course you get a huge relief, these kinds of victories are the best because you no longer expect them. The joy in the dressing room was immense. We had not experienced this yet this season.”
“The best of the rest”
“We have to learn to manage such a match better,” Matton remained down-to-earth. “You must be able to assess your opponent’s strengths and be more successful in imposing your own game. Football-wise we are one of the better teams, but you have to enforce that. Of course, circumstances also play a role. The turf and the wind can throw a spanner in the works, but you also have to have the courage to keep playing football.”
Jong AA Gent is now in third place in the rankings, eight points behind the authoritarian leadership duo La Louvière – Lokeren-Temse. “That we are the best of the rest? At the moment you can put it that way. They don’t just drop any points, while we are also disappointed with our points harvest. Those two draws and the defeat against Winkel Sport were unnecessary. We are now in third place again, but we also want to try to nibble on our deficit. However, we must certainly not make unnecessary mistakes.”