Despite starting the game in Charleroi with a number of first team absences, the first half saw the Buffalos have the upper hand. Having created the better chances, the team lacked composure in the final third. After the break, it became a more even contest. After Bolat showed good reflexes to deny Zaroury, Samoise was unable to capitalise on an encouraging piece of play. With scarce few chances remaining in the game, the draw would prove a fair result.
Following Mbayo’s early opener, the Buffalos seemed destined for their first three points of 2022 after Castro-Montes equalised and Mboyo nodded home. Ultimately, the home side were unable to translate their dominance into a bigger lead, with Mbayo claiming what would be the final word with a 91st minute equaliser.
KAA Gent finished the calendar year 2021 with a draw away at R Union St-Gilloise. The home side made the stronger start, with Vanzeir hitting the post, but the Buffalos quickly grew into the game. Both teams were well set up and gave little away, meaning that chances were limited to efforts from distance. After the break, both sets of defenders continued to keep things tight. Tissouldi came closest with a header, but he was denied by a splendid save from Moris. So the game ended goalless and a point apiece.
In the home tie against Sint-Truidense VV, both teams were well organised, meaning that there were few chances in the opening phase. Then, just shy of the half-hour mark, Bezus won possession with a great challenge and squared to Depoitre, who hit the back of the net. Tissoudali doubled Gent's advantage after the break, once again from a Bezus assist. The home side looked to be cruising to victory, before Hara pulled one back late on, which set up a tense finale. But the Buffalos held on to their lead and so picked up another valuable win.
The first half of Mechelen and Gent was a fascinating affair. The Buffalos had most of the chances and Tissoudali put them ahead, but Mrabti soon equalised with a deflected effort. Gent continued to make chances after half time, and regained the lead through Depoitre. But once again Mechelen quickly levelled up, this time through a great strike by Storm, before Storm won a penalty which Mrabti duly converted. Then it was Gent's turn to come from behind, with Tissoudali finishing off Depoitre's cross. Yet Mechelen dug deep and Storm made it 4-3. Bezus and Tissoudali both hit the bar, but the Buffalos' scoring was over for the night, meaning they came away from a thrilling match empty handed.
The Buffalos extended their winning run in the league with a home victory over KRC Genk. Gent dominated the first half and De Sart gave them a deserved lead, although Genk almost equalised when Juklerod rattled the bar. In the second half, the Buffalos also had the game largely under control, but they could not find another goal, so the visitors always remained in with a shout. In fact, Genk even hit the bar again through a Thorstvedt header. But De Sart's goal proved decisive, meaning the boys from the Ghelamco Arena have picked up maximum points from their last four league games.
At the start of the sixth and last matchday of the UEFA Conference League group stage, the Buffalos were already certain of top spot in Group B. Up against FC Flora Tallinn, a very patched-up Gent side had control of the first half. It was a dull half, however, with Ngadeu heading one of the few chances against the bar. But shortly after the break, Bruno put the Buffalos in front. Gent had upped a gear and the visitors were struggling to keep up; the home side made a series of chances, but could not add to the scoreline. In any case, one goal was enough to secure a fourth win in six matches, meaning the Buffalos finish the group with an excellent 13 points out of 18, and go through to the Conference League's Round of 16 in March.
The Buffalos have rounded off the first half of the league season with three consecutive wins. Playing away at OH Leuven, they took the lead after just 11 minutes through Tissoudali, but came close to losing this advantage just minutes later when a deflected ball off Fortuna struck the bar. At the other end, Fortuna, Depoitre and Tissoudali all called Runarsson into action. OHL were stronger after the break, but a combination of Bolat, the post and the bar prevented an equaliser. Gent also had a number of counter attacks, but the second goal proved elusive. So it stayed tense until the final whistle, but the Buffalos emerged victorious and with the three points move further up the table.
The Buffalos are through to the quarter finals of the Croky Cup after a 2-0 win away at Lommel SK. They took the lead in the 18th minute through a wonderful shot from De Sart into the top right corner, and remained camped in the home side's half until the break, but could not increase their advantage. The scoreline remained 1-0 for most of the second half, meaning the match remained in the balance, but De Sart's spot kick with fifteen minutes to go assured Gent of a place in the last eight.