Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Back in the groove (updated)

On a night when AZ starter Charlison Benschop bagged a hat trick, late sub Jozy Altidore has come on to hit a brace of his own, capping a 6-0 win at ADO Den Haag. They were both simple finishes, coming less than three minutes apart.

Jozy had been without a goal since December 4th, but now his league total stands at seven and his haul across all competitions is up to a new career-best of 13. Not lost in the fun is the fact that AZ moved level on points with first place PSV.

UPDATE: You can find Jozy's handiwork (or is it footi-work?) starting at about 5:00 flat on the video.

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- Greg Seltzer


RobUsry said...

No love for Joe Gyau's debut?

Jamie said...

Impatient much? Demanding much?

Gyau got ten minutes, Jozy scored two goals. I'd say Greg's got his priorities in order.

Jamie said...

But wow, you're never going to see an easier brace than that.

Hopefully, it'll help his confidence, anyway.

Matt said...

Lovely lead pass on that 4th goal.

UnitedDemon said...

Both a welcome return to the score sheet, and an indication that the bench will be his home.

It seems like all of Jozy's goals come when AZ has blown the game wide open- and that's even when he starts.

Take this game. It took a starter scoring a hattrick so that Jozy could get back on the scoresheet. Hope he regains some confidence and reverses this trend.

Greg Seltzer said...

Hmm... I think you're selectively remembering, Willem. :)

PSV - off the bench, 80th minute insurance tally

NEC - two goals, including the opener/winner

ADO - 82nd minute, 3-0 capper

@ H'veen - 20th minute equalizer in 5-1 loss

@ ADO - today's late double off the bench
@ Metalist Kharkiv - 26th minute opener in 1-1 draw

Malmö - 21st minute opener/winner

Aalesund - 2nd & 4th goals in 6-0 win, 24' & 59'

Matt said...

Plus, he's a kid and he's scoring in bunches, on a good team. No shame in coming off the bench on that team. And by no means assured that that's where he stays either.

JBS said...

Plus both were assured left-footed finishes. A couple years ago Jozy might well have missed that second opportunity. Simple, cool strikes and good to see his head was still in the game even was it was clearly done and dusted.