Bit of a weird title, however I have to pay homage to Lokeren after their fine display yesterday night. Of course I’ll go into detail, but within this group, Genk have continued to steamroll teams and around them, other sides string results together and then tail off. Within a week, three teams have held second place, showing how there’s a scrap below De Smurfen, but without actually challenging.
Starting with the leaders, Genk overpowered Kortrijk 3-0 at the Luminus Arena. I actually thought what if De Kerels turned up and put in a good defensive display, but they were comfortably thwarted by the hosts. First half goals from Trossard and Scrijvers put the hosts in an unassailable position due to their strength at home. Siebe Scrijvers doubled his tally on the night to cap off the scoring and it really showed Genk’s strength in depth as well as quality!
Now to Lokeren who lit up the Daknam against Eupen. The visitors love a draw, managing to get 4 so far before they travelled to Lokeren, knowing a victory would make their season look better in the run in to finishing runners up to Genk in this group. But Lokeren have woken up recently and Tom De Sutter has to be thanked for that as well. Two first half goals from the big man either side of a Maric penalty, and then a Garcia penalty for Eupen out the hosts into a 3-1 half time lead. Eupen at the moment seem to be getting a few penalties recently I’ve noticed. Guus Hupperts rounded up the scoring in a magnificent 4-1 and deservedly so too, pushing Lokeren up to second after a dreadful start to their Europa League aspirations. Unfortunately, it’s looking too little, too late.
Finally we have Mouscron hosting a winless Roeselare in a match that simply has to be played to fulfil fixtures. After a goalless first half, second half substitute Matulevicius scored just before the hour. The Lithuanian has played really well since join in January from Romanian outfit Botosani, and has grabbed a couple of goals for a misfiring team. The match seemed to die down at Le Cannonier where Mouscron managed to complete the double over the second tier side who are still looking for their first win in PO2B.
You don’t have to be a fan of Belgian football to know Genk have been irresistible and have just shown their unbelievable strength that goes further than their first XI. Also, that has been good competition but only between the 3 below them, with Mouscron being Roeselare’s bullies so far.
Til next time…