KVC provided no relief for Mechelen’s blues as they became the third team in four games to prevent the Yellow and Reds from scoring and the away side have now lost five on the bounce.
The visitors had an early chance through Aloys Nong who shot inches wide coming inside on his left foot. If Mechelen are to get out of their slump, he badly needs to rediscover his scoring form. Westerlo’s topscorer Dieter Dekelver fired just over after some dogged persistence from Momodou Ceesay to create the space.
The game was scoreless at half-time and there for the taking for both sides. The visitors’ philosophy was that if it first you don’t succeed, try and try and try again. They continued to press in the second half.
Nong was just wide with a far post header, albeit from an almost impossible angle and Destorme headed just over. However, as so often happens to a team on top who fails to make it count, they were punished.
Westerlo hit KVM on the counter, with Iakovenko running over half the length of the field until he was fouled but he got up to score a goal, which could really have been prevented.
The man on loan from Anderlecht bent the ball around the wall. It skidded wickedly off the turf, deceiving Renard in the process and the goalie could only parry it in. Westerlo were now full of confidence and started to create more chances.
Their second goal came from a cross from of Ceesay deep on the left hand side to the far post and Steven De Petter outjumped his marker and guided it past Renard. De Kempenaren now move level in the table with Mechelen and will have Standard in their sights.