Wednesday, 5 December 2012

End of season Review - 승리 하라 대전

The 2012 K-league has drawn to a close and Daejeon Citizen have survived the first ever relegation battle. A 1-0 final day home victory over Daegu in Coach Yoos last game sent Daejeon fans home with something to cheer and allowed them some optimism for next season.

Team review

The club will see the season as one where their aims were ultimately achieved, although at times the team looked less than convincing. With relegation introduced for the first time, the Citizens aim would have been solely to avoid starting next season in the K2. On that front the season was a success, however the performances along the way were worrying and coach Yoo paid the price, with it already being confirmed that he would be replaced at the end of the season. New coach Kim In Wan will be looking to secure safety again next season but will have a lot of work on his hands.

Memorable moments

The highlight of the season was the 2-1  home victory over arch rivals Suwon Samsung Bluewings. Kevin's second strike of the game in the 94th minute is a goal that will be remembered by the Daejeon faithful for a long time.

The 5-3 victory against Gangwon late in the season was an important win as well as a great spectacle. Romanian Zicu claimed a hat trick for Gangwon but, not to be out done, Kevin scored 3 of his own and inspired the Citizens on to victory. It was a thrilling game and vital in the battle against the drop.


Manager

A solitary season in charge
In defence of Yoo Sang Chul, he took over the club after possibly one of the worst seasons any team has experienced. The club finished one place off the bottom the previous season, claiming only 6 wins out of 30 whilst seeing many players fired for their involvement in a match fixing scandal.

Adding to the difficulty of the task was the complete lack of funds available to him and the fact he lacked any experience besides having previously managed a high school team.

No one expected anything more than a relegation battle this season, however it was Yoo's inability to correct any of the persistent failings that lead to his dismissal after safety was secured. The Citizens shocking start to the season and the end of season collapse in form showed that Yoo had not addressed any of the obvious deficiencies in the teams performances. Combine this with failing to ever show much tactical awareness by changing the system during or before games, and  it was clear the team was going nowhere.

It may be a while before we see Chul in a dug out again.

Individuals

Kevin Oris:

The Player of the season award can only really go to one man. Kevin Oris spent the vast majority of the season alone and hopelessly isolated against the opposition defence, yet managed to claim 16 goals in 37 appearances. Whenever he was out of the side Daejeon never looked like scoring. His performances will have surely drawn attention from the bigger K-league sides as well as teams back in Europe and the rest of Asia. If the club can keep hold of him it would be a great boost going into next season.


Back in a Jeonbuk shirt
 next season?
Kim Hyung Bum:

The on loan Korean international from Jeonbuk was another strong performer. Though at times he neglects his defensive duties, his set piece deliveries provided valuable assists for Kevin. He was one of the few Citizen midfielders who consistently wanted the ball and looked comfortable in possession. He has had injury problems over the years and seemed to dip in form an fitness during the middle of the season but still finished as second top scorer for the team with 5 goals. Jeonbuk will lose several midfielders this season so they may have a role for Kim in their squad, though he would surely play a more vital role at Daejeon. It remains to be seen where he will be playing next season.

Alessandro:

The Brazilian centre half arrived at Daejeon something of a journeyman having had a new club almost every year. Upon arrival he made a steady start but grew to be an important part of the DCFC defence. It was telling that once he picked up a serious injury ruling him out for the last few games of the season the Daejeon defence looked incredibly weak. He is by no means a great defender, the middle the K league seeming to be his appropriate level, but he is the best defender at the club and the only one able to read the game effectively. His contract currently expires this winter and it is unknown if he will be offered a renewal following his injury. He will however be fit for the start of the season and losing him would just add to the number of good new defenders the coach needs to identify and bring in.

Yuta Baba:

There were high hopes for Baba at the start of the season. He joined half way through the previous campaign and showed in places that he had the ability to pick a pass and string play together. With half a season behind him to settle in and adjust he was expected to be the main man in the centre of the park. However he never progressed and again only performed in patches. His passing was often frustratingly inconsistent and his aversion to tackling became more evident. As a Japanese national he occupies the additional 1 Asian per squad slot, something that must be carefully considered.

Terra:

Arriving part way through the season from Melbourne Heart, Terra was a replacement for fellow Brazilian Leo. During his brief spell Leo had failed to provide any real attacking threat to accompany Kevin, or even stay fit. Terra improved on his compatriots performances, bagging four goals (including a contender for goal of the season) and proving greater width to the team when drifting out wide to collect the ball. Unfortunately Terra never seemed to hit peak fitness and at times would disappear from games and with his contract up it is likely we have seen the last of him in a Daejeon shirt


Kim Byeong Sok

Another late arrival was Kim Byeong Sok, a Korean who had his football education in France and Portugal, with Daejeon being his first K league club. After a shaky start where he clearly lacked fitness he has been shifted through several positions from midfield to striker or winger. He has shown a nice touch on the ball as well as a keen eye for building an attack quickly, whilst his height and strength caused opponents concern. By the end of the end Daejeon fans saw him as an important part of the team and he could be an big player for Daejeon next season





Next season

The new management team has announced that next seasons target will remain the same as this seasons, staying in the K league. The challenge will be harder this time though as no side will be automatically relegated as Sangju were this season. The level and competitiveness of the league will also rightly improve. The coach has already spoke of the need for defensive reinforcement's for next seasons campaign

Out

There are several fringe players that made little impact over the course of the season but it is possible that several first team regulars could be moved on to improve the side. Nearly every Citizen fan will be praying the club can keep hold of Kevin, but Terra and Baba are expendable. If it were down to me, I would offer Alessandro a new contract and try to build around him at the back rather than have to build a whole new defence.

In

Moving Baba and Terra out would free up one foreigner spot and the Asian player spot. The club can use these as they try to bring in several players. They must bring in a new starting central defender (2 if Alessandro is allowed to leave), a central midfielder to replace Baba, a winger to fill in for Kim Hyung Bum now his loan is up and a striker to help ease the complete reliance upon Kevin.

There are two players I would like to see in a Daejeon shirt next season that may represent reasonable targets.

Ideal partner for Kevin
Firstly, Jaoa Paulo of relegated Gwangju. Taking players from a team that were relegated may not sound the most optimistic but he has bagged 8 goals in each of his 2 K-league seasons, so he knows the league well, and has played along side a target man like Kevin for Gwangju. Aged just 24, his best years are also ahead of him and he has a lot more K league goals in him. His movement and technique would sit nicely alongside Kevin.

The need to add experience to the centre of midfield, but with little to spend, would mean trying to bring in Kim Geun Chol from Chunnam Dragons could make a lot of sense. He only played 13 games last season and aged 29 he may be looking for more regular football. He has experience in Japan and the K league with both Gyeongnam and Busan. He would also leave the foreign player slots free to try and bring in foreign defender.

There will no doubt be a reliance upon free agents to boost Daejeons squad for next year, as well as new draft players. The success of new season relies upon them recruiting more players like Kevin and Kim Byeong Sok, players who can raise the standards expected of the team and drive the team up the table.

My Experience

It was my first complete season watching the K-league after arriving in Korea half way through last season. The standard of football varies wildly between the top chaebol teams (those owned by mega companies such as Hyundai or Suwon etc) and local state funded teams such as Daejeon. The best players could me low level championship players in England, the worst would be playing Sunday league. It makes for interesting viewing.

The match day experience is also far removed from what I was used to, having grown up attending premier league games. Crowd numbers are usually far lower, with Daejeon attracting an average of around 4,000 for a home game. The crowd is made to seem even smaller when they are playing at home in the 40,000 capacity world cup stadium. There are however many positives to the match day experience here. Tickets rarely costs more than £6 , with Daejeon tickets being around £3.50. The low pricing also extends to beer, which can be bought for around £2 a time. You can also feel at home quite quickly, seeing the same regular faces each time. It has been at times a frustrating season following Daejeon Citizen, but ultimately an enjoyable experience and one that has me looking forward to next season.

승리 하라 대전!







Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Survival of the fittest?

Darwin - A big fan of the Citizen?
I don't think it was quite what Darwin had in mind, but Daejeon have survived to fight another day. It was in truth due more to the poor performances of other teams rather than Daejeons fighting spirit.

Saturdays 1-1 home draw against Gwangju relieved a little bit of the pressure on the team but meant Tuesdays penultimate game of the season was still vitally important. Daejeon only needed one win, or for Gwangju to fail to win 1 of their 2 remaining games, to ensure the Citizens would be in the K-league next season.

In the end it came down to Daejeon being the best of a very bad bunch. Gwangju lost 1-0 away to Daegu meaning it didn't matter that Daejeon lost at Chunnam Dragons 3-1.

Daejeon managed to survive despite only claiming 5 points from last 21 on offer. Yet oddly survival will be seen as something of a miracle by some fans, having started the  campaign with no wins in six. At times the team have look devoid of any ideas or attacking organisation, but a period of half decent form in August and September has been enough.

Saturdays home game against Daegu will be treated by many in the Purple Army as an opportunity for celebration.

The club must now start to look forward to next year and try and build a team that can push nearer to mid table. There are question marks of the future of leading goalscorer Kevin (every K league side will have noticed that 16 goals in 35 appearances in a side that barely ever attacks is quite remarkable) as well as Brazilian defender Alessandro. Alessandro became a vital cog at the heart of the Daejeon defence yet a serious injury a few weeks back may lead to the club reconsidering a new contract.

There's one more game to play before the season draws to a close, it would be great if the Citizen could claim their 13 league win of the season and send the fans home happy and looking forward to next year.




Friday, 23 November 2012

Squeaky bum time

Things have been frustrating of late
So the last few weeks have been less than enjoyable for Citizen fans. After a 5-3 win at home to Gangwon the following fixture was awared to Daejeon as a 2-0 victory because of Sangju's refusal to complete the season. The 3 points awarded on 21st October was the last time Daejeon would collect maximum points for a while. Since then there have been 3 defeats and 1 draw, with no particularly inspring performances.

On Wednesday night Daejeon were again due to play Sangju so once again collected an automatic three points. The run of results in between have left the Purple army in a perilous position. With three games remaining they currently sit 6 points and two places out of the relegation zone, but this points advantage is going to be reduced due to teams being awarded points for games against Sangju.

This Sunday the Citizen will meet Gwangju, the team currently occupying the spot beneath them.

Gwangju have recently found form and are unbeaten in their last 4 games, claiming 8 points along the way. They will be confident of claiming something at the World Cup Stadium which would spell serious danger for Daejeon. After this weekend there is a trip to Chungnam then finishing up at home to Daegu. Daejeon have failed to ever look convincing away from home and Daegu will be expecting to claim three points against the Citizen.


Kevin patches up a broken nose against Seongnam
What makes it more complicated is the fact that Gangwon, who currently occupy the relegation position, were due to play Sangju this weekend. They will be awarded a 2-0 win, reducing the gap to Daejeon to only three points. Adding to this is the fact that Daejeon have the worst goal difference in the league so they can't not afford to finish level on points with anyone.

Daejeon Citizen  46     -20gd
Gwangju             41     -9gd
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Gangwon*          40 *   -15gd     (to be awarded three points Saturday evening)

The situation this Sunday can be explained quite simply:

- Win a home game against fellow strugglers and Daejeon are all but safe.

- Draw and everything is still in the balance.

- Lose and face the prospect of going into the final games of the season requiring victories and looking very nervously at everyone else's results

Relegation does not simply mean playing in the K2 league next season; it brings with it the prospect that Daejeon may fold. With the majority of the clubs money coming from the local council, it's hard to imagine them supporting the club if they were playing in a semi-professional league with almost no attendance to speak of.

Daejeon do have the advantage of having their fate in ther own hands at the moment. However, as performances have shown this season, that doesn't offer much comfort to fans.

Thursday, 11 October 2012

Life is like a box of chocolates

The unpredictable nature of Daejeon Citizen was for all to see again over the last two fixtures.

The first game was an away trip to Gwangju. Daejeon fell a goal behind in the ninth minute but a Kevin header restored parity only four minutes later. There is little else to say about the rest of the game besides the fact fact that from then on in, it turned into a boring stalemate with neither team willing to take any risks. There were no real chances of note and both team seemed content with a draw. The point extended Daejeons unbeaten run to four games but there was a definite feeling of relief when the final whistle was blown.

Goal of the season contender
The following fixture at home to Gangwon could not have been in greater contrast. The game contained everything, a relegation 6 pointer that had 2 hat tricks, 2 world class goals, a come back, and a sending off. It will rival the historic home win against Suwon as game of the season.

Skipper, 2 assists and hat trick hero
Daejeon took an early lead when Kevin, captaining the side, headed down a long ball for Terra to smash home on the volley from the edge of the box. It was a stunning strike that will be a contender for goal of the season.

Romanian play maker Zicu brought Gangwon level after his shot took a wicked deflection, completely wrong footing the keeper.

However, Daejeon went in to half time with a two goal advantage, thanks to a double from Kevin. Showing the instincts that have made him far and away the teams leading scorer this season he first slotted home after a goalkeeping error, then cleverly steered home another after a left wing pull back sending the Purple Army crazy.
A magical left foot

However, there is no team quite as good as Daejeon Citizen at bringing their fans back down to earth with a bump. Within seconds of the restart Zicu pulled a goal back, then following some shambolic defending and three ricochets Zicu pulled Gangwon level and completed his hat trick. He showed the technique guile and killer instinct that has at times been missing from the Daejeon attack this season.


The drama was was far from over, and refusing to be out done Kevin completed his hat trick with a smart header, and his 15th goal of the season, in the 62nd minute. The game should in fact have been stopped during the build up as two balls were on the pitch but there was no denying the quality of Kevins header, steering the ball back across goal into the far corner.

The game was not finished yet though. In the 83rd minute left back Kim received his second yellow card after blocking a quick free kick and kicking the ball away. Being reduced to ten men put all the Citizen fans on edge.

The final twist came in the 89th minute, when Kevin played Han Kyung In free down the right wing for him to fire home a shot from the edge of the box, flying past the keeper into the far corner, sealing a 5-3 victory. It was Hans first goal of the season and one he will remember for a long time.

Victorious
It was an incredible game and a vital win, and one that clearly meant a lot to the team by the way they celebrated after the final whistle.The result means Daejeon are now 5 games unbeaten, having not lost a game since the league split in two. With Sangju having forfeited the league The Citizens are now 10 points clear of relegation, with 6 points still to be awarded for automatic wins against Sangju.





Sunday, 30 September 2012

Doing well after the split

After any split there's always feeling of both trepidation and hope. Inevitably one party will always take it much worse. Since the K-league split in two for the championship and relegation round, Daejeon Citizen have found a new lease of life, going unbeaten in three games and putting some distance between themselves and the remaining relegation spot.

However, Sangju have not faired so well since the split. Despite everyone knowing that Sangju would be relegated this season regardless of where they finished as AFC rules state that government supported teams can not compete in the top flight, when final confirmation came through Sangju stormed off and have refused to complete their fixture list. Every team has been awarded a 2-0 victory for games against Sangju.

As well as winning two and drawing one game this month there has been other good news for the Purple Army. The home game against Chunnam Dragons was to be held at the clubs former ground the Hanbat Stadium, a smaller tighter ground than the world cup stadium and one that helps create a better atmosphere than the 40k seater stadium they currently play in.

On the pitch, attacking midfielders Kin Hyung Bum and Kim Byung Suk have both excelled in recent games and have offered fans the hope of survival and a strong enjoyable finish to the season.

Seongnam Ilhwa 1 -2 Daejeon Citizen
15th September


Kevin scored his 11th goal fot he season from the spot
The 2nd half of the season began with an away trip to Seongnam. It didn't start too well when within 7 minutes the Citizen had fallen behind. Jael twisted free in midfield and picked a sublime pass through the Daejeon defence leaving Lee the simple task of rolling the ball past the advancing keeper. Daejeon struck back before half time when they smartly took a quick free kick putting Ji clean through on goal, who hooked the ball left footed into the far bottom corner. 15 minutes into the second half the Seongnam defence dithered clearing a poor cross allowing Baba to steal the ball and be brought down by the surprised defender. There was little contact but a penalty was given and Kevin calmly gave Daejeon the lead.There was a late scare when with 15 minutes to go a free kick on the edge of the box left the keeper rooted to the spot but struck the post and bounced clear.

Daejeon Citizen 1 - 1 Incheon United
22nd September

The first home game of the relegation round saw rivals Incheon United come to the world cup stadium. After the brawls at the away fixture earlier in the season this fixture was much anticipated by both sets of fans.

Kim Byung Suk celebrates his equaliser
Incheon took the lead following a set piece wide on the left and some dreadful defending by Daejeon. Lee Yun Pyo found himself completely unmarked at the back post with a three yard run onto a header giving the keeper no chance. Almost immediately after, Incheon should have extended their lead when they struck the inside of the post with a powerful drive less than 10 yards from goal. It wasn't until the second half that Daejeon drew level and it inevitably involved Kim Hyung Bum. The attacking midfielder on loan from Jeonbuk has been one of the stand out performers this season and his excellent delivery from set pieces once again made the difference. A free kick from the right hand side was headed in by new arrival Kim Byung Suk, stooping low and glancing the ball into the far corner. Brazilian Alessandro also deserve credit as he had an excellent game marshalling the defence and was selected in the K-league team of the week for his efforts.

Daejeon Citizen 1 - 0 Chunnam Dragons
27th September

The final game of the month saw the team return to their spiritual home at Hanbat stadium. The opposition were Chunnam Dragons who had also claimed four points from their opening two games of the relegation round.
The Citizen return home for 'Memories Day'
It was the same combination as the last game that gave Daejeon the points, this time Kim Hyung Bum crossing from open play in the 61st minute for Kim Bum Suk to head home. There was late drama as Chunnam were awarded a penalty in the 90th minute, but Keeper Kim Sun Kyu came to the rescue, diving low to his right to deny Chunnam an equaliser.




The arrival of Kim Bum Suk as well as the continued good form of Kim Hyung Bum has seen a huge improvement in the side and has lead to Daejeon now being 7 points clear of relegation. The team can go into the remaining fixtures feeling confident of their ability to beat teams, and with the next two games against Gwangju and Gangwon, the Purple army will be hoping to push further away from any danger.

Monday, 27 August 2012

Split the difference

So after Sundays game the K -league split into two, the top half taking part in the championship round, the bottom half in the relegation round. Points are carried over but teams can not move between the two halves now and will face the teams in their section home and away to determine final positions.

Daejeon fans had no real last minute drama, knowing from the start of the season that the Purples would be competing in the relegation round. However there was still chance to gain precision points, with games at  rivals Suwon, then home to Pohang.


Suwon Bluewings 2-2 Daejeon Citizen
23rd August

The Citizen faithful traveled to Suwon with the memory of the famous 2-1 victory earlier in the season very much at the fore front of their thoughts. The recent inconsistant performances made making accurate predictions almost impossible, and as always, the fans were just hoping for the best.

Kevin claimed his 10th goal
 of the season
It only took four minutes for Kevin to send Daejeon fans wild. A great free kick delivered from the right landed at the perfect height for Kevin to head home after easily brushing off Suwon man mountain Radoncic. It was a text book goal that utilised Daejeons man strengths, the height and strength of Kevin, and the technique of Kim Hyung Bum.

Suwon looked to strike back immediately and Radoncic had a goal chalked off for offside following a ridiculous missed kicked in the Daejeon midfield had allowed Suwon to charge at the Daejeon back line.

Only two minutes later Radoncic had another chance to atone for his poor marking of Kevin. A ball was crossed in from wide left which Alessandro inexplicably attempted to head clear despite it being only knee high. The ball squirmed past him and to the feet of Radoncic only 6 yards from goal, who seemed so surprised he miss controlled the ball and Alessandro recovered to scramble clear.

The lead only held until the 14th minute when weak pressing and an awful challenge allowed Seo Jung Jin through on goal to draw Suwon level. There was ample opportunity to clear the danger but the Daejeon defence was incapable or calmly removing the threat, and bounced their clearance of a Suwon attacker.

The score remained level until the second half, when only 2 minutes in Kevin squandered a glorious opportunity. The ball was played across the box leaving only the keeper to beat, who had already gone to ground, but Kevin lifted the ball over the keeper and beyond the post. The reaction of the players was telling, with every Daejeon player looking distraught knowing chances would be rare, and no player attempted to console or help Kevin up.

Kim bends the ball into the near post
However, it was the other leading light in Daejeons season, Kim Hyung bum who managed to restore Daejeons lead. A quick break from defence, with some excellent precise passing in midfield resulted in Kim collecting the ball unmarked on the left hand side of the box. He spotted the keeper step forward in anticipation of the cross and Kim showed his technical quality again, lifting the ball over him and into the net, leaving the keeper looking foolish.

With only 9 minutes to go Daejeon thought they had put the tie to bed when Kevin forced home a lose ball in the six yard box. However, the goal was rightly ruled out as the keeper had 2 hands on the ball.

Dejected Citizen defenders
Deep into injury time, Daejeon did what Daejeon do best and shot themselves in the foot. A hat trick of stupidity allowed Ha Tae Goon to fire home a dramatic late equaliser that broke several Citizen hearts. An aimless ball flicked forward at the half way line caught the Daejeon defence flat footed and unaware. After missing the header Suwon broke into the Daejeon box, but were stopped by left back Kim. Despite recovering well and winning the ball back, Kim then made a horrific decision. Rather than playing the ball high into the stand to end the attack and the game he tried to skip past the Suwon winger and lost the ball in the area. The ball was then played across the six yard box but it seemed to have been dealt with as Alessandro arrived to clear the cross. This was not to be the end though, as Alessandro cleared the ball against his own post and back into play. Goalkeeper Kim desperately scrambled around on the floor trying to collect the lose ball, but it wasn't enough and Suwon slammed the ball into the net.

The defending was comical and the kind that only Daejeon are capable of.

A draw against Suwon, and 4 points over the course of the season is an excellent return, but the manner of the equaliser left many frustrated and deflated.


Kim Hyung Bum, Alessandro & Terra
sign autographs before kick off.


Daejeon Citizen 0 -1 Pohang Steelers
26 August


After the draw with Suwon and victory in the previous round away to Gwangju there was a flicker of hope amongst the Daejeon faithful. Despite Pohang sitting in 5th place there was a feeling that the team may be able to pick up another important point.

It was going to take a big effort though as Alessandro, Kim Hyung Bum and recent arrival and goal scorer Terra were all sidelined through either injury or suspension. They play an integral part in the Daejeon team and they would be difficult to replace.


The game turned into one of the worst games of Daejeons season. Though only losing 1-0 the performance was particularly poor. Played out in front of over 4,000 fans the team failed to create any serious chances or attempts on goal and were second best to what seemed an uninterested Pohang side.

During the last 10 minutes of the first half Pohang should have taken the lead, twice creating excellent one on one opportunities as well as other good shooting opportunities, though failing to convert.

Daejeon were riding their luck and it wasn't until the 75th minute that Pohang finally scored the goal they looked like doing whenever they tried. Again it came through some comical defending on behalf of the Citizens.

Pohang attacker Ko took a shot from the edge of the area that struck a Citizen defender in the face, leaving him briefly prostrate on the pitch. Whilst he was down Ko picked up the lose ball, beat another defender and tried again. As the hurt defender rose to his feet he threw out a weak left foot in an attempt to block the shot, but only diverted it past Kim and into the net.

It was a pathetic goal to concede but Daejeon deserved nothing from the game and had barely but three passes together all evening.


Daejeon now enter the relegation round with a 3 point cushion between them and bottom club Gangwon. Every one of the 14 remaining games will be vital if Daejeon are to survive this season.


Monday, 20 August 2012

Consistently inconsistent

Committed but concerned
Life as a Citizen fan is never easy. The team are completly unpredicatble and results rarely match the actual performance. It may be due to the fact that the K-League as a whole has a wide range of abilities, even within one club, making it difficult to predict scores for any team, but Daejeon seem to have a particular knack for winning when least expected, then quickly following that with a home loss to weaker opposition.

The last few weeks have been no exception. As tension mounts before the league splits Daejeon have done their best to build hope then leave fans cursing the next week.

Only a few weeks back Daejeon travelled to K-league leaders and reigning champions Jeonbuk. The Purples were in poor form and many expected Jeonbuk to easily brush them aside (including myself). It was to almost everyones dismay when the Citizens returned home with three points in the bag, thanks to a cool finish from Kevin after pouncing on some awful defending. Jeonbuk looked sloppy and seemed to expect an easy victory, whilst Daejeon gritted their teeth, dug in and stole a vital win.

It didnt take long for fans to come crashing back down to earth, when next week the team welcomed bitter rivals Incheon, who found themselves sitting just ahead of the danger zone. Going down 2-0 thanks to some comical defending quickly reminded any fans dreaming of safety that there's still a huge task ahead of the team.

Terra celebrates his smart goal
Next up was another home game, this time to Gyeongnam who were sitting in mid table. After the previous two games it was hard to tell what Citizen side would turn up. A final score of 1-1 was acceptable to most fans, though it did little to help Daejeons relegation battle.

Last weekend the team made the trip to Gwangju, a team who had won their previous two games without conceeding. With manager Yoo Sang Chul experimenting with new attacking options, surprisingly taking Kevin out of the starting line up in recent weeks, it was difficult enough to predict the starting line up let alone result. At full time the Purple army were celebrating an important 2-1 victory thanks to a Kim Tae Yeon penalty and a smart piece of play by Brazilian new boy Terra. Terra managed to beat the keeper to a long ball and smartly flick it over him before volleying home.



The result moved Daejeon off the bottom of the table and sees them now sitting 13th, 1 point clear of the relegation zone and 2 points off bottom place. It's not exactly a healthy amount but every single point will be vital once the league splits and Daejeon are left to face the other relegation candidates.

Kim Byung Suk in his
Vitoria Setubul days


In recent weeks the form of another new signing, Kim Byung-Suk, has offered some hope in these confusing times. Though never having played in the K League before, he had previously been in the Middle East and Portugal, and also being subbed off on his debut, Byung Suk has put in some impressive performances and was even named in the K league team of the week for round 27.


There's a long way to go yet, and the pressure is only going to mount with each game, and at the moment, its impossible to say what may happen to DCFC.