“The sense of responsibility and cohesion when we won the title, I can’t feel it these days.”

Ulsan Hyundai head coach Hong Myung-bo, whose team suffered its sixth league defeat in a row (19 wins and four draws), reflected on the team’s recent slump after a 0-2 home defeat against Gwangju FC in the 29th round of the Hana One Q K League 1 2023 at Munsu Stadium in Ulsan on Wednesday.

It was Ulsan’s second consecutive game without a win (1-1) and the club’s worst run of form in its last eight matches, with just two wins, two draws and four losses. They still lead the table with 61 points (19W4D6L), but the gap between them and the second-place Pohang Steelers (53 points) has shrunk to eight.

Ulsan was caught off guard by Gwangju’s strong forward pressure and buildup on the day. In particular, Gwangju was without striker Heo Yul and Uhm Ji Sung, who scored two goals in the previous match against Suwon Samsung Electronics (4-0), while Asani, who scored one goal, did not play due to accumulating cautions. Timo, a key part of the defense, was also out of the lineup as he was recovering from an injury, but Ulsan nevertheless failed to make a dent in Gwangju and produced their worst performance of the season.

Below is a one-on-one interview with Coach Hong

  • On the match.

My biggest regret is the first goal we conceded. Looking at the process of conceding a goal, I think that’s the whole problem with our team right now. Responsibility, cohesion, I can’t feel these things these days. We all have individual abilities, but we can’t show them unless we work as a team. Even when we won the championship last year, there were players who were more committed to the team than to themselves. I don’t see that at all now. I think you have to look very carefully to see where the problems are. For example, the opponents we lose to are (usually) teams in the bottom half of the table. I feel like our players are working hard, but something is missing: after conceding a goal, we get busy, we get urgent, and our play doesn’t come out. This has been going on for the last few games. We need to prepare well for the A-match break. 바카라사이트

  • What did you say at halftime?

After the first half, we made one substitution (Uhm Won-sang instead of Lee Dong-kyung). I told them that we have 45 minutes, so we shouldn’t be in a hurry, and I mentioned the positioning and height of the fullbacks on both sides to use the half-space when we get the ball. It used to play smoothly, but nowadays, they don’t seem to be aware of the half-space. As a result, the offense was not smooth.

  • Seol Young-woo got injured in the second half.

I haven’t checked it yet, but it’s not a big problem. It’s a muscle, but we’ll probably check it today. He has to go to the national team tomorrow, but I don’t think it’s a big problem.

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