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Matt Miazga benched, Vitesse still not winning

Coach Henk Fraser shuffled his lineup, but

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Matt Miazga's string of starts for Vitesse came to an end on Saturday, November 19. The team traveled to Heerenveen hoping to break a four-game winless streak in Eredivisie. Unfortunately, that streak has coincided with Miazga's presence in the starting lineup. Head coach Henk Fraser opted for a more experienced center back pairing for his team's latest match, tasking 32-year-old Arnold Kruiswijk with the job of partnering Guram Kashia in the middle of the back line.

The change didn't quite pay off for Vitesse. Lewis Baker's 34-minute goal was ultimately matched by the home team in the 84th minute.  The match finished 1-1, Miazga didn't get on the field, and Vitesse has now gone five straight league games without a win.

Miazga is probably looking at an extended spell on the bench. He had been starting because Maikel van der Werff was injured, but the 27-year-old is reportedly ready to compete for his place again. And the team's recent form suggests coach Fraser would be well advised to return van der Werff to the starting lineup as soon as possible.

Vitesse is currently eighth in the Eredivisie table. The team next plays on November 26, at home against Excelsior.