Chelsea legend leads Belgian outfit to revenge 7-2 romp

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Is Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink going to lead Royal Antwerp back to the big time?

A year ago things at Royal Antwerp were certainly a lot different to what they are today. The legendary Belgian club were humbled at home to Heist in a 3-0 result - which resulted in the home fans booing their own teams players off the pitch at full-time.

Fast forward to the present day, and things have certainly changed.

The club appointed Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink as their manager in May - and from then on the clubs fans have been in a state of euphoric expectation for the upcoming campaign.

The former Chelsea player, who became a club hero during his four year stint at Stamford Bridge, scored 250 goals in his career - and is clearly hoping his management style echoes his attacking elements.

And if a result from yesterday was anything to go by - then he has implemented that philosophy successfully.

Facing Heist, the team who embarrassed them in another life, the club romped to a 7-2 win away from home.

Yet the game looked as if it would be much closer early on. Bart Webers gave Heist the lead before Kevin Tano equalised - only for an own goal from Jannes Vansteenkiste to give Heist the lead again after 20 minutes.

What happened next was a demonstration of ruthless attacking proficiency. Antwerp went on to score five goals in 45 minutes to give them their massive victory margin - and take them to the summit of the Belgian Second Division.

Jordan Faucher bagged a hat-trick while Emrullah Guvenc also bagged a treble - peculiarly, all of his goals coming from the penalty spot.

Former Tottenham Hotspur and Crystal Palace player John Bostock also featured - one of three Englishman on show with Alex Fisher and Fergus Bell in the Heist team. Bostock came off in the 79th minute.

The 7-2 victory is an excellent turnaround from events at the club a year ago, and there is little doubt that the influence of Hasselbaink’s arrival is palpable.

Concerns over Belgian football’s finances grew this summer, when the other Antwerp outfit, Beerschot SC were dissolved - leaving the Belgian Pro League without Antwerp representation.

But judging on early form, that won’t be the case much longer.

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