Monday, 5 March 2012

Round 1: A sorry start - on & off the field

The Citizens seem to have dragged the mess that was last season into the new one, and they're only one week into the new campaign. The manner of the 3-0 defeat away to Gyeongnam, combined with a deeply unpopular board room decision, means it wasn't the best week for the purple army.

Early in the week it was announced the board would not be offering a new contract to club legend Choi Eun-Sung. Though now 40 years old, the goalkeeper had spent his entire career with the club and was seen as a key person in blending a squad together that contains over 20 new players. Even if his playing time was to be limited, with over 350 appearances for the club and vast experience, he was seen by many as a corner stone of Daejeon Citizens FC. He had even agreed to a pay cut and spoke of a coaching role but the club decided there was no room for him any longer, and originally tried to claim he was asking for too much money. Many fans were upset by this turn of events and the first game of the season did nothing to heal their pain.

Against the back drop of a small number of protests following the release of Choi, Deajeon started their season away to Gyeongnam, going down 3-0 in wet conditions. Brazilian striker CaĆ­que was the architect of Daejeons downfall, providing 2 assists and finding the net himself with a low drive from the edge of the box. With all three goals came from running directly at the heart of the Daejeon defence, and little in the way of protection from the midfield, their is a lot of room for improvement.

Daejeon were no better going in the opposite direction, failing to create any clear cut chances, and they never looked like taking anything from the game. Though Gyeongam were far from spectacular, they were clear and deserved winners on the day.

Next Saturday is Daejeons first home game of the campaign, coming against last years champions Jeonbuk Hyundai, who won a thrilling contest against Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma 3-2. There will need to be a big improvement if Daejeon are to register their first points of the season.

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