With Jovanovic and De Sutter in their starting 11, Anderlecht took the initiative from the outset. Excellent work by Bruno set Jovanovic up to head home after just 3 minutes (photo).
In the few minutes that followed, the Lokeren keeper Copa was forced to save two goal-bound headers from Dieumerci Mbokani.
It was only going to be a matter of time before Anderlecht widened their lead. The home side’s second goal came on the half hour when Jovanovic was set free by an Mbokani pass on the right wing.
The Serb passed the ball in front of Copa’s goal onto the head of De Sutter who made it 2-0 to Sporting Anderlecht.
However, this wasn’t enough for the home side and the American Kljestan made it 3-0 just seven minutes later from a long-range shot. The half ended 3-0 with Anderlecht reigning supreme.
The Sporting Lokeren coach Peter Maes made a few changes to his second half line up, bringing in Trompet and El Mouataz. A foul by Deschacht on Tropet just a minute in saw the Anderlecht defender being given his marching orders by referee Nzolo.
Despite being a man down Anderlecht succeeded in containing Lokeren and it was in fact Anderlecht that came close to scoring through Suarez. However, his effort was saved by an alert Copa and the score remained 3-0 in Anderlecht’s favours.
Anderlecht is now 4 points clear at the top of Play-off I with 39 points. However, this margin could narrow to just 2 points if Zulte Waregem beats Club Brugge on Thursday evening.