After conceding a last-minute goal to an opponent, Suwon FC head coach Kim Do-gyun vowed to do his best in the remaining 10 games of the professional soccer K League 1 season, but also faced the reality of a relegation playoff.
Suwon FC conceded a second-half header to Incheon United Obansuk in the 28th round of the Hana One Q K League 2023 at Suwon Sports Complex on Friday afternoon and lost 1-2.
“We struggled with the opponent’s dense defense in the first half,” said Kim Do-gyun, head coach of Suwon FC. “In the second half, we created a lot of attacks and chances that we wanted, but in the end, it was disappointing that we couldn’t score.”
“The players tried their best until the end,” he said of Incheon’s second-half push. I want to praise them for playing hard,” he added.
“As the season goes on, there are many variables, such as the team atmosphere and bad injuries,” he said, referring to the ejection of Lopez in the 42nd minute after he lost his temper with the opponent’s rough defense and hit Incheon’s Kim Jun-yup in the face with his hand.
“I don’t know what he was thinking and judging at the time, but it was very unfortunate,” Kim said. “The second half went in our favor with a lot of offense for about 10 to 15 minutes, but we were outnumbered due to the sending-off,” he reflected.
“What’s done is done, and we’ll tell Lopez to be careful in the future.”
He encouraged Lee Seung-woo, who has scored goals in two consecutive matches, saying, “He’s doing a good job as an offensive leader,” and “I believe he’ll do a good job in the remaining matches.”
Coach Kim Do-gyun is struggling to find the best combination of Lee Young-jae, Lee Seung-woo, and Yoon Beetgaram, who has been discharged from the military.
“We need to make changes depending on the situation in the middle of the game, such as the part that connects to the goal,” Kim said, “We will continue to train and try to find the right combination.”
After 28 rounds, there are 10 league games left.
“We have to do our best until the end, but 토토 realistically, we have to think about the relegation playoffs (PO),” Kim said. “We will definitely avoid direct relegation spots like Gangwon FC and Suwon Samsung. We will look up rather than down and gain strength,” he said.
“There were a lot of positives,” said Kim, who praised Kim Hyun, who, despite spraining his ankle in a sinkhole in the ground, hit the crossbar with a volley in the second half to chill the opponent’s spirits. “I hope he will play a role in future matches.”
As for Shinsegae, who was hit in the face by Incheon’s Chun Sung-hoon’s elbow during an aerial ball contest and bled quite a bit, Kim said, “I think the area under his right eye was torn a bit,” adding, “The exact result will come out after a hospital examination.”