A case of food poisoning for Snoyl handed the opportunity to Van Haaren to make his comeback against the visitors from The Hague. He did that in a team that included Pardo in midfield in the place of the suspended Schreuder.
Incredibly, the visitors chalked up the first goal within the first fifteen, Cedric van der Gun rising to head past Lodewijks in the home goal.
Happily, Feyenoord had an answer soon afterwards, Van Persie heading in an Ono cross on twenty-three to level things.
Slowly but surely Feyenoord took control of the match, although it wasn’t until injury time in the first half that the home side got their noses in front, Van Wonderen converted a fine Van Persie cross.
After the break the fun really started as Feyenoord steamrolled their visitors. Van Persie showed that his earlier header wasn’t a fluke when he nodded in a Swerts cross for the third and then Pard stepped up to rifle home the fourth from distance with less than an hour played.
With a quarter of an hour left Van Marwijk brought on Salamon Kalou for his home debut, as Thomas Buffel left the stage. The young Ivorian showed again that he has a bright future ahead of him, but it was Anthony Lurling who was nearest to adding to Feyenoord’s total. His diagonal shot rebounded off the post however and the game added without any further goals.
Feyenoord-ADO Den Haag 4-1 (2-1)
14’ 0-1 Van der Gun
23’ 1-1 Van Persie
45’ 2-1 Van Wonderen
46’ 3-1 Van Persie
58’ 4-1 Pardo
Feyenoord: Lodewijks; Swerts, Van Wonderen, Paauwe, Van Haaren; Lurling, Pardo, Ono, Van Persie; Buffel (75’ Kalou), Kuyt.
ADO Den Haag: De Vries; Mensah, Van Boxel, Van As, Carrilho; Bodde, Van der Leegte (73’ Van der Laan), Pronk (55’ Leonardo); Castelen, Van der Gun, Cales (55’ Stroeve).
Man of the Match: Ramon van Haaren
Referee: R. Luinge
Yellows: Lurling, Bodde, Van der Leegte, Van der Gun