The vacant seat of Ju Se-jong that definitely caught my eye… Daejeon, remaining undefeated is a ‘positive factor

Daejeon Hana Citizen drew 0-0 with Pohang Steelers in 먹튀검증 the Hana 1 Q K League 1 2023 round 3 match held at Daejeon World Cup Stadium on the 11th. It is a two-game draw in a row following the last round against Incheon United. Daejeon, which caught Gangwon FC in the opening game, is having a stable early season with 1 win, 2 draws and 5 points in the 1st to 3rd rounds after promotion.

A draw was a disappointing result for Daejeon. This is because opposing defender Ha Chang-rae was sent off after receiving a red card in the 32nd minute, enjoying a numerical advantage. Although they played for about 60 minutes with one more player, Daejeon could not take advantage of their numerical superiority. Rather, I couldn’t play a game that was more substantial than when I fought 11 to 11. Before Ha Chang-rae was sent off, Pohang, who played with 10 players, lowered the line and played defensively, and Daejeon was unable to work on a detailed attack to break through the dense defense. In the end, the game ended with a goalless score.

It was a game in which Ju Se-jong’s vacancy was clearly revealed. Joo Se-jong suffered an orbital fracture after being fouled by Kim Dong-min in the last game against Incheon. He underwent surgery midweek and is currently focusing on rehabilitation and recovery. Before the game, Daejeon coach Lee Min-seong said, “It’s not a World Cup final, and I have no intention of returning it to the point of endangering the player’s life. We will watch the situation,” he said, taking his time and waiting for Ju Se-jong to return. At the same time, he said, “Finding another substitute is the priority,” and put forward Lim Deok-geun as the starter.

Lim Deok-geun did his part without hesitation. He recorded an 83.8% pass success rate from the center, and there were no major problems in terms of linking with other players such as Lee Jin-hyun and Lee Hyun-sik. However, it was difficult to see Ju Se-jong’s cool conversion pass and accurate penetration pass. It was hard to see a play that could attack the Pohang defense lined up tightly. Director Lee said, “Deok-geun did a good job. The control and pass timing were a bit late, but it was quite good,” he praised, saying, “There is definitely a big difference between having and not having experienced players. It was clearly revealed in a game like today.”

Unlike Pohang coach Kim Ki-dong, who was satisfied with “a game with more than 3 points,” Lee was not satisfied with a draw. “It was a game we should have won,” he said. It feels like I am carrying another homework,” he expressed regret.

Still, Daejeon is proving its competitiveness in the first division by repeating unbeaten matches after promotion. It is natural that the promoted team will immediately become a candidate for relegation, but Daejeon is cruising with formidable performance and results. Coach Kim said, “Daejeon made a good team. It seems that a team to come up has come up.” Coach Lee said, “It’s unfortunate, but I think the players will be able to go with confidence. I will prepare well for the game against Suwon Samsung and win.”

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