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.

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