Tony Watt and Standard survive Kortrijk scare

Scottish striker Tony Watt, who signed a 5-year-contract for Standard this week (photo), made his debut for the vice-champions from Liège. Standard were lucky to take the 3 points home from Kortrijk (2-3). In other action, Genk were held to a draw by Cercle Bruges.

Standard took it 2-3 in Kortrijk. The match started 8 minutes late, because there was a hole in the pitch that had to be filled first. Guy Luzon granted several key players a rest, as the match came in between two Champions League ties.

The young team had an average age of 22 years. Standard had a scare when Kortrijk climbed ahead, but scored twice to take a 1-2 lead. Kortrijk equalised on 69 minutes and Standard were in trouble, but goalkeeper Eji Kawashima saved the day for the Reds from Liège. It was Geoffrey Mujangi Bia who sealed it for Standard by converting a penalty - granted to Standard after a Tony Watt effort - in the final minutes of the game.

20-year-old Tony Watt came on the pitch as a substitute for Paul José Mpoku on 65 minutes. A lot is expected from the Scottish striker, after he scored 9 goals in 18 matches for Lierse SK.

"He is still far from his best form. I think he will only be able to play for 20 minutes, so I let him start on the bench", Guy Luzon had announced before the match. Watt comes from Celtic Glasgow and knows the Belgian league, as he played on loan for Lierse last season (small photo).

"I think the Belgian league is stronger than the Scottish league", he said. "I opted for Standard mainly because of the coach. What a passion Guy Luzon has!"

RC Genk remain in the doldrums

In other action, ambitious KRC Genk were not able to turn the tide against Cercle Bruges. The Limburgers were held to a draw (1-1) by modest Cercle, despite having sacked their coach Emilio Ferreira this week.

Charleroi were stunned by newcomers Westerlo at home (2-3). Westerlo, who were expected to fight against relegation, are the revelations so far, taking the maximum of 6 points from 2 matches.

The other newly-promoted team, Moeskroen-Péruwelz, took the 3 points by beating Waasland-Beveren (1-0).