Based on the extremely poor harvest they had in their erstwhile strong home stadium (4-5-8) they should feel satisfied that did not got involved into adventures.
Coach De Jonge remained at the bench of the team, while experienced players who left the roster were replaced deservedly.
Their last loss was the left back defender Davidson (30/2, West Brom). From the players who were acquired, midfielder Fledderus (Roda), the stopper Zomer (SC Heerenveen) and defensive midfielder Sibum (Beveren) stand out.
At their strongest tests they lost 2-0 to Den Bosch (23/7) and won De Graafschap 3-2 (26/7).
“We have more possibilities than last year because our roster is more crowded. Alkmaar is a very good team. They have excellent players in all positions, ” De Jonge said.
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By the end of March they were participating in all competitions, but ultimately they failed to achieve anything substantial, losing even in the playoff’s final for Europe to Groningen.
Having Marco Van Basten now at the bench they will try to achieve what they failed last year, to ensure a ticket to Europe.
The roster shows generally as competitive as last year, as well as losses of wingers Beerens (33/5) and Gudmundsson (35/3), were covered by the acquisition of Tankovic (Fulham) and Hupperts (Roda), but they will need strengthening at defense too after the withdrawal of their stopper Viergever (37/3).
At their most important friendly games they drew 0-0 to Nijmegen (19/7) and were defeated 3-0 to Hoffenheim (31/7).