Friday, 23 November 2012

Squeaky bum time

Things have been frustrating of late
So the last few weeks have been less than enjoyable for Citizen fans. After a 5-3 win at home to Gangwon the following fixture was awared to Daejeon as a 2-0 victory because of Sangju's refusal to complete the season. The 3 points awarded on 21st October was the last time Daejeon would collect maximum points for a while. Since then there have been 3 defeats and 1 draw, with no particularly inspring performances.

On Wednesday night Daejeon were again due to play Sangju so once again collected an automatic three points. The run of results in between have left the Purple army in a perilous position. With three games remaining they currently sit 6 points and two places out of the relegation zone, but this points advantage is going to be reduced due to teams being awarded points for games against Sangju.

This Sunday the Citizen will meet Gwangju, the team currently occupying the spot beneath them.

Gwangju have recently found form and are unbeaten in their last 4 games, claiming 8 points along the way. They will be confident of claiming something at the World Cup Stadium which would spell serious danger for Daejeon. After this weekend there is a trip to Chungnam then finishing up at home to Daegu. Daejeon have failed to ever look convincing away from home and Daegu will be expecting to claim three points against the Citizen.

Kevin patches up a broken nose against Seongnam
What makes it more complicated is the fact that Gangwon, who currently occupy the relegation position, were due to play Sangju this weekend. They will be awarded a 2-0 win, reducing the gap to Daejeon to only three points. Adding to this is the fact that Daejeon have the worst goal difference in the league so they can't not afford to finish level on points with anyone.

Daejeon Citizen  46     -20gd
Gwangju             41     -9gd
Gangwon*          40 *   -15gd     (to be awarded three points Saturday evening)

The situation this Sunday can be explained quite simply:

- Win a home game against fellow strugglers and Daejeon are all but safe.

- Draw and everything is still in the balance.

- Lose and face the prospect of going into the final games of the season requiring victories and looking very nervously at everyone else's results

Relegation does not simply mean playing in the K2 league next season; it brings with it the prospect that Daejeon may fold. With the majority of the clubs money coming from the local council, it's hard to imagine them supporting the club if they were playing in a semi-professional league with almost no attendance to speak of.

Daejeon do have the advantage of having their fate in ther own hands at the moment. However, as performances have shown this season, that doesn't offer much comfort to fans.

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