Saturday, 28 July 2012

Thank heaven for bore draws

Daejeon Citizen 0 - 0 Ulsan
Saturday 28th July



Daejeon claimed a unlikely point at home to third place Ulsan yesterday in what was a rather drab and boring affair. When the team sheet was announced it became clear that Yoo felt the certain players were tired due to the recent intense fixture list and he dropped Kevin and Kim Hyeong Beom to the bench. These two players have been the only real attacking threat all season, so seeing the game drag out into a sloppy and low intensity 0-0 draw was of much relief to the Daejeon faithful. Both teams looked tired and bereft of ideas and seemed happy not to lose.

The Match 

The first half saw a  series of half chances fall the way of Daejeon without Ulsan ever really responding. In the 8th minute Ulsan cleared a tame header of their line following a right hand corner.

The best chance of the half fell to Japanese midfielder Yuta Baba. After a quick break down the left hand side the ball was rolled square to Baba around 25 yards from goal. He struck a powerful rising shot that clipped the top of the crossbar to the relief of the Ulsan keeper.

Typical Daejeon attack. Easily defended by Ulsan
The second half continued much in the same fashion as the first. Both teams were careless in possession and often restored to long balls. Ulsan tended to look to play balls into the channels over the top of the Daejeon defence exloiting a lack of pace at the back.

In response Daejeon tended to launch high looping crosses from deep towards a lone target man. These were predicatbe passes that the Ulsan centre haves had both the time and numbers to easily they repel. This lack of patience on the ball resulted in Ulsan regaining a lot of possession and having the opportunity to build their own attacks. A better, or perhaps less tired side than Ulsan would have taken advantage of such a gift.

Kim Hyeong Bum was introduced in 65th minute and he immediately demonstrated the threat he carries by trying to get to the by line and crossing from much more dangerous positions, positions where the Ulsan defence would feel much more uncomfortable.

Soon after, Yoo finally introduced Kevin. With ten minutes to go the ball fell to Kevin less than ten yards from goal, but he misjudged the bounce and his tame header landed comfortably in the arms of the keeper.

A rare start for Namgung almost resulted in a goal
There was another chance for Daejeon,  this time Namgung Do fluffing his header after a great cross from Kim Hyeong, who had beaten his man and crossed from the by line. The Ulsan keeper rushed out to collect the cross only for Namgung to ghost in front of him, but then fail to make sufficient contact to knock the ball into the empty net.

Ulsan nearly stole all three points at the death when the Daejeon defence fell asleep from a quick throw. The ball was crossed into the box and found an unmarked Maranhao who headed an inch wide.

Conclusion

Daejeon will be pleased to have managed to claim a point from high flying Ulsan, especially considering Daejeon's most effective offensive players were rested. However, Daejeon caused very few problems for Ulsan and predictably resorted to long balls from deep that any K-league defence will be confident of dealing with. It also helped that Ulsan seemed to be lacking in energy and content not to lose. There was a blow for Daejeon at full time when the news that fellow strugglers Sangju had scored a late winner to move two points further away from The Citizen.

Daejeon still prop up the table despite claiming a point





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