Five things we learned from Round 5
Due to Election Day in Korea round 5 was upon us quicker than a Suwon Bluewings ACL campaign ends. We started the round with Seongnam sitting pretty at the top and a pointless Incheon rooted to the bottom of the table. Would all that change by full-time? Or would we see a round of ‘business as usual’?. There’s only one way to to find out…..
Jeonbuk Ain’t All That
Average in the league, unconvincing in the ACL it’s not been the swashbuckling, ‘sweep all aside’ start to 2016 that most were predicting but surely even a disappointing Jeonbuk would have too much for an Incheon side that already looks like they’ll be locking horns with Daejeon again next year. Much has been made of Choi Kang Hee’s rotation policy this season and it is definitely looking like this could be his downfall as for the second match on the bounce they lost a last gasp goal to slump to a draw. The fact it was at home to Incheon compounded the result all the more. You get the feeling that if he doesn’t find a settled eleven soon that it could all go ‘Pete Tong’ this season for the Champions.
FC Seoul ‘Pay’ The Penalty
Last round we discussed ‘that’ penalty incident at Jeonnam when Seoul were awarded a rather ‘contentious’ decision, a decision which seems to have split podcasters and bloggers alike. In Round 5 Seoul would travel to Gwangju in the the hope of keeping the pressure on at the top of the table. Leading 1-0 after an early Park Chu Young goal they were gifted another penalty after a reckless challenge in the box by the Gwangju left-back, this time there was no dispute and the spot-kick was the correct decision. As Adriano stepped up and buried the ball in the net it was amazingly Seoul’s third penalty in three league matches. You could argue that the team that attacks the most has more chance of being brought down in the box….that or GS have invested in bigger brown envelopes this season.
Without Kim Do Heon Seongnam look very ordinary
After the highs of Round 4 which saw a return to scoring form for Hwang Uijo during a well-deserved victory over Incheon United it was time for the only other ‘winless’ team in the league to visit Fortress Tancheon and surely face a defeat. Unfortunately nothing went to plan for the boys in black and the match finished 0-0. It was evident pretty quickly during proceedings that without their captain and main play-maker Seongnam fail to create enough chances to win a match. Sure Tiago and Uijo made runs into space and sure Pitu did a good job of plugging the gaps in the middle but without the guile of Kim it was a little too predictable and pedestrian.
Jeju are the Jekyll & Hyde of the K-League
With five matches played Jeju have managed two victories, two defeats and one draw to find themselves in 5th position in the table. This doesn’t sound like a hugely ridiculous start to a season and could be described as a tad erratic but the fact is they are two completely different teams home and away. On their home patch they are undefeated this season having notched up nine goals in three games and they look like they are capable of out-gunning any team that comes across the sea. Away from the Island though is where the problem lies, two matches played and two defeats is hardly the kind of record that is going to see them cement their status as a top six team.
The “People’s” Suwon are still on top!
They were going to be the cannon fodder of 2016, this year’s Daejeon or so we were led to believe as first Japa and then Sisi left for pastures new but so far it’s every non-Bluewings fan’s favourite team from the capital of Gyeonggi-do that is sitting furthest up the table. They are a stubborn bunch that’s for sure and their pressing style of play is winning them one or two plaudits as they refuse to sit back and take a defeat. Round 5 saw Belgium striker Ogunjimi grab another goal as he converted a penalty just on the cusp of half-time. They unfortunately couldn’t hold out and eventually conceded the equalizer with 20 mins to go but given the ‘big’ Suwonites inability to convert home advantage into points earlier in the day and again we see Suwon FC above Suwon Bluewings in the Classic. How much longer will it last? Well the first Suwon derby is only a few weeks away!!