Saturday, 21 July 2012

You do it to yourself

Daejeon Citizen 2 - 2 Sangju
21st July 2012

Thom Yorke - Purple Army member?
I feel Thom Yorke may be a Daejeon Citizen fan. No one could have said it better than the lead singer of Radiohead than when he sang 'you do it to yourself you do, and that's what really hurts.'

Last nigth's game was a huge opportunity for Daejeon to gain 3 valuable points to stave off relegation, and what could ultimately be the end of the club. Though in poor form themselves, Sangju have looked equally bad in the last few weeks, and with them already consigned to relegation, a home game against Sangju is a must win.

However, it was not to be as The Citizen shot themselves in the foot and showed a startling lack of confidence and conviction.


Daejeon actually began the game very well, and had opted to play a more attacking 4-4-2 than the usual 4-1-4-1 , which as a result meant that the game was much more open. New Brazilian Striker Terra started upfront alongside Kevin as the team seemed to be looking to attack.


The fist chance came when Yuta Baba almost opened the score early on with an excellent drive from the edge of the box that flashed past the goalkeepers left hand post. Baba can be a frustrating figure in the Daejeon side. He clearly has great technical ability on the ball but at times he can be care;ess and a defensive liability. He will always pick out two or three nice passes each game as well as posing a long range threat, but hes often caught in possession and rarely wins the ball back, looking intimated and unsure when defending.

As mentioned in previous posts, making the most of set pieces is the corner stone to any K-league sides competitiveness. With many teams struggling to create chances from open play, corners and free kicks can often be a teams best chance of scoring. The importance of set pieces was brought home again in the first half. Daejeon took the lead with a free kick from the left hand side that was well delivered by Kim Hyeung Beom towards the edge of the 6 yard box. Alessandro was unable to connect with his header but Kevin came charging through to volley the ball home from close range.

Unfortunately, the lead only lasted 10 minutes. A free kick from Sangjus left was lifted in towards the back post and nodded down to the feet of Bang Dae-Jong. Incredibly, he had time to control the ball, turn and fire a shot past the goalkeeper. Though a defender was near him, the tame nature and lack of pressing was shocking, and was rightfully punished.

Daejeon restored the lead before half time, Terra opening his Citizens account after some excellent build up play. Terra collected a pass from Baba outside the box with his back to goal, turned his man and then played a nice one-two to find himself in front of goal. He poked the ball into the bottom left corner before running to the crowd and celebrating with the Bebeto baby celebration from USA 94.
Terra celebrates restoring Daejeons lead
It was at half time that Daejeon threw the game away. As soon as the second half began it was clear that Daejeon intended to attempt to see out the entire half trying to defend their one goal lead. The team retreated deeper into their own half, and Terra dropped nearer to the midfield. There was a sense of inevitability growing within the crowd as time and time again Daejeon booted the ball aimlessly long, or even worse, were giving possession away in defence.

Finally in the 84th minute the Daejeon defence were slow to react to a loose ball and Sangju charged straight at the exposed defensive line. A neat through ball lured the keeper out of his goal only for the winger to cut the ball back for an easy finish.

Daejeon almost redeemed themselves in the dying seconds when a long range drive from Kim Hyeung Beom hit the inside of the post and somehow bounced clear. Though it would have brought huge relief to the Purple Army, it would have been undeserved.
Late equaliser is hard to take


Daejeon had shown no intent to kill the game off or dominate possession and Sangju finally and justifiably claimed a point. Things are now becoming very worrying for The Citizen fans, with a tough run of games approaching the possibility of relegation is becoming more and more real. With no major sponsor for the team, relegation may see the local council cut their support if the club were to be playing in the lower semi professional tier, which could mean the end of Daejeon Citizen.

The team must begin picking up victories as soon as possible.

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