FC Twente missed the chance to go top of the Eredivisie as Heerenveen kept themselves firmly in an absorbing title race.
Steve McClaren endured a frustrating evening as 2010 champions Twente were held to a 1-1 draw away by lowly ADO Den Haag.
Ebi Smolarek scored after just six minutes for Den Haag, with Glynor Plet's goal on 62 minutes earning Twente a draw which leaves the club a point behind leaders AZ Alkmaar.
Heerenveen are just two points off the pace after an emphatic 4-1 home success over struggling VVV Venlo.
Viktor Elm gave the home side the lead on 17 minutes and Filip Djuricic scored on 31 minutes to put Heerenveen in command.
Barry Maguire pulled a goal back for VVV just past the hour mark, but Elm and Bas Dost scored inside the final five minutes to make the game safe.
Roda JC Kerkrade climbed two places in the table on the back of a 3-1 home victory over Vitesse Arnhem.
Sanharib Malik put the hosts in front on 25 minutes and the lead was doubled on 37 minutes by Davy De Buele.
Vitesse were back in the contest almost immediately through Davy Propper, but Mads Junker's goal four minutes after half-time put the game beyond the visitors' reach.
Nourdin Boukhari scored and was sent off as NAC Breda edged a point further away from the relegation play-offs after a 1-1 draw at home with NEC Nijmegen.
Lasse Schone provided NEC with a 20th minute lead, only for Boukhari to equalise on 77 minutes before being dismissed in stoppage-time.