Lewis Baker and Dominic Solanke both started as usual, as Vitesse looked to steady their recent shaky form with a win against ADO Den Haag. The game began well enough, with former Maccabi Tel-Aviv captain, Sheran Yeini putting Chelsea B ahead after six minutes. In the second minute, Solanke had a penalty appeal denied, muscling his way past several players before going down under a challenge in the box. He also had an excellent chance to score after beating the offside trap (as he often does) but pulled his shot just wide. Lewis Baker assisted Vitesse's second goal from a free-kick, delivering for Kelvin Leerdam to finish with his head. Unfortunately, Vitesse kept allowing ADO back into the game after scoring each goal and had bad luck with the officiating as well; the game thus ended in a 2-2 stalemate.
Solanke looked decent, holding up the ball well and showing strength against the opposition defenders but as the game progressed he faded away, mostly due to lack of service from the midfield. This has been a bit of an issue with Vitesse all season; as the game progresses, they seem to run out of ideas and their striker begins to look isolated. Baker turned in a typical tidy performance, but still looks extremely conservative in his passing. (Which of course may be a tactical instruction.)
Nathan missed out due to injury and Danilo Pantic was missing from the match-day squad as well. Izzy Brown got ten minutes off the bench, and really should be getting more of a look in now that he's fit again, scoring for the reserves and (at least) on par with Denys Oliinyk in current form.
For a detailed match report, From Arnhem with Love has you covered as usual!
Solanke swiveling past his man:
Todd Kane had a better day than his friends at Arnhem, winning 1-0 with NEC Nijmegen against FC Utrecht. Newly promoted NEC now sit two points above fierce rivals, Vitesse, in fifth position.
Don't miss Kane taking on the boys at Vitesse next week in the Gelderse Derby! There's a post-match interview by ELFVoetbal with the right-back, where he says that he expects Chelsea to send a representative or two to Arnhem to watch the game next weekend, and talks about NEC's game and season in general.
#FreeChalobah. Seriously, it's almost December and he has five minutes of playing time to his name.
While we're at it, #FreeWallace and #FreePerica too. Can we not send our youngsters in need of playing time to Italy, please?
Marko Marin played 72 minutes for Trabzonspor. The German Messi was involved in a training spat earlier this week and made a scathing remark about his temporary home. Watch for yourself!
VIDEO | Marko Marin tegen de verslaggevers : You see this ? This is the club. pic.twitter.com/t8KkstjjUl— FENERBAHÇE HOLLANDA (@FenerbahceSK_NL) November 18, 2015
Kenneth Omeruo was missing in action for Kasimpasa.
Victor Moses started and was hauled off in the 63rd minute as West Ham United were taken apart by Tottenham 4-1.
Jeremie Boga got his usual ~20 minutes off the bench for Rennes, who drew 2-2 against Bordeaux.
Cristian Manea didn't get the chance to feature for Royal Mouscron, as their match was suspended because of continuing developments following on from the attacks in Paris the previous week.
Do you like to watch Nathan Ake talk? I like to watch Nathan Ake talk.
Lucas Piazon had a few words to say too, after scoring in Reading's last game.