So this week Daejeon Citizen managed to find a new way of covering themselves in glory. The round 4 game against fellow early season strugglers, Incheon, was being discussed as a true measure of what the team are capable of, having had a tough opening three fixtures that no one really expected us to get much from. It didnt go well.
Though the 2-1 score lines may suggest it was a close match, Incheon dominated from the start and should have been far out of sight by the time Daejeon managed to score their first goal of the season. Incheon sat back for the last 15 minutes giving the illusion that Daejeon may be able to get back into the game, but it was never likely. Poor passing and a hit and hope policy meant Incheon were never really tested. The long ball tactic was especially frustrating considering that Kevin Oris, the giant Belgian striker, had been taken off injured in the first half.
Following the full time whistle things only got worse for the Citizen. With the Incheon mascot deciding to parade around in front of the Daejeon away fans, 2 fans managed to get onto the pitch and give him quite a hiding. Im not excusing their behavior but the mascot deserved what he got. This lead to a group of Incheon fans charging into the away end, with fighting carrying on out in the street.
There was however a piece of good news Monday morning, when the club announced the signing of Brazilian centre half Alessandro. He has 10 years experience playing at various levels in Brazil and will be expected to guide the Daejeon back line.
Im hoping it will see number 5, Kim, pushed into a defensive midfield role. Kim is a midfielder by trade, having spent time in France with Metz, and is very comfortable on the ball. At times our defence is horribly exposed and he may be able to not only protect the centre halves but also relieve pressure by retaining possession for more than 2 seconds and pick a few simple passes to try and build some kind of attack.
This weekend Daejeon host the very capable Jeju United.....lets see what happens