MICHAEL ADUBATO - Monday, October 7, 2013
Anderlecht stumbled yet again as they dropped all three points at home against a stubborn Kortrijk team who put one past the champions just before the half time whistle.
As has become the routine with Anderlecht, they win big against bottom of the standings teams yet struggle with those at the top. This was the case on Sunday afternoon as seventh place KV Kortrijk handed les Mauves their fourth loss out of ten games after front man Ivan Santini scored his eight goal of the season.
Midfielder Sacha Kljestan started in the middle of the park and put in a 70 minute shift before coach John van den Brom used all his substitutes at one time, taking out the American as well as defender Bram Nuytinck and Matias Suarez for Frank Acheampong, Chancel Mbemba and Demy de Zeeuw. The substitutions came as the game was delayed; referee Jonathan Lardot felt sick so turned the game over to the fourth official, Jerome Nzolo. This added seven minutes to the end of the game but a much uninspired Anderlecht, perhaps still feeling sorry for themselves after their midweek Champions League defeat to Olympiacos, were incapable of getting anything from the game.
Still holding firm to the fifth spot, Anderlecht will have time to recover from their terrible week as the league breaks for the international calendar. When they return to action, Kljestan and company will head south to take on RAEC Mons. The team from Wallonia have gotten off to a dismal start themselves, as they have collected two points after ten games and sit firmly in last place. Les Mauves will then have three days to rest before welcoming Zlatan Ibrahimović and PSG to Brussels for Champions League action.