“The process was good, but the finish was not calm. I apologize to the fans.”
Seongnam FC suffered a 1-2 reverse loss to Seoul Eland in the 17th round of the Hana OneQ K League 2 at Tancheon Sports Complex at 8 p.m. on Nov. 11. The loss, their third straight, dropped Seongnam to eighth in the standings.
It was a different story when Park Tae-joon scored the opening goal. In first-half stoppage time, a penalty kick (PK) was awarded for a handball foul on Kim Hoon-min. After conceding to Bruno, Seongnam stepped up their offense in hopes of scoring a late goal. However, they were unable to finish, and their attacks were somewhat frustrating. They even conceded a goal. In the 25th minute of the second half, Yoo Jung-wan’s shot was blocked by Choi Pil-soo. Han Yong-soo scored from the second ball to turn the tide. The Seongnam players shook their heads.
They kept trying to attack, but their finishing passes and touches were lacking. Most of their shots were honestly directed at Moon Jung-in. In the end, they made a last-ditch effort to bring up Kang Kang-bin, but there was no goal. The result was a 2-1 victory for Seoul Eland.
In the post-match press conference, coach Lee Ki-hyung bowed to the fans and promised to improve the team during the break.
[Read the full post-match press conference].
- Final thoughts
It was an important game and we should have won. I apologize to the fans for the loss. In terms of performance, we played well as we prepared, but we were disappointed in our decision-making. It’s encouraging to see that even though we lost, we still wanted to play until the end. We’ll work on our defense and try to bounce back.
- We lacked decisiveness.
We made some good plays, but at the end we were rushed and couldn’t convert them into points. We made mistakes, conceded a PK and a set piece, which made the game difficult. We need to talk to the players and make improvements.
- On the substitution of Shin Jae-won.
With time running out, we tried to get a second ball with a long ball, so we had to change positions. Shin Jae-won went in and did his best.
- What was the impact of Lee Ji-hoon’s injury?
He told me that the muscle came up and he’s fine… The injury doesn’t seem to be serious, but there’s a slight problem. We’ll see what the diagnosis is. We were fine before Lee Ji-hoon, but our defense was shaky afterwards.
- What is your assessment of the first half?
Before the FA Cup, we were playing well and gaining a lot of points. After the FA Cup, the team became disorganized. We didn’t have enough injuries to fill the void. Chris is back, he’s fit, and we’ll try to build a strong team over the break.메이저사이트
- Touch and decision-making are things you can’t control as a coach. How we will compensate.
Even in the first half, I was asking the strikers to finish and things like that in training. It got better. Today, I asked them to do the same, and they did a good job of finishing, but they weren’t calm enough. We will increase the amount of training, increase our confidence and try to improve our finishing accuracy.