Daegu FC head coach Choi Won-kwon is furious with his attacking players.
Daegu secured a valuable 0-0 draw against leaders Ulsan Hyundai in the 25th round of the Hana OneQ K League 2023 at DGB Daegu Bank Park at 7:30 p.m. on Friday. With 34 points, Daegu leapfrogged from seventh to sixth place.
Daegu had lost both of their previous meetings with Ulsan this season, so they came out in double figures, determined not to let this one slip away. As expected, Ulsan dominated the game with high ball possession, while Daegu utilized their counterattacks as they had prepared. They had several chances centered on Sejingya and Vassellus, but came up empty. In the 29th minute, Ulsan took off Lee Jong-hoon, who was on the U-22 card, and brought on Edgar to play the Brazilian trio. However, they were unable to create any chances until the 45th minute of the first half and the beginning of the second half. They waited patiently. In the 25th minute of the second half, Daegu’s most perfect chance came. The Brazilian trio of Sejingya, Edgar, and Vaselus launched a quick counterattack. Inside the Ulsan box, Sejingya’s pass was met by Vaseluga, but his shot hit the crossbar. After that, the team faltered. In the second half of stoppage time, Oh Seung-hoon saved Lee Cheong-yong’s decisive shot to preserve a point.
Speaking at the post-match press conference, head coach Choi Won-kwon said, “I’m sorry we couldn’t give our fans the three points. They filled the stadium to capacity in the sweltering heat, and my heart is incredibly heavy, and I’m sorry. We will prepare well for the next game so that you can go home with a smile on your face.” He added, “Hong Chul and Cho Jin-woo recently came down with coronavirus and played with a ringer. I’m tearfully grateful to them.” 꽁머니
Choi Won-kwon then urged the strikers to keep their heads up. Daegu has only scored 27 goals in 25 league games. He said, “The strikers need to reflect on their inability to score. I kept talking to them and urging them to work harder… They are paid more than domestic players, so they have to do well. I will say something in the locker room,” he countered.
He didn’t stop there. Choi Won-kwon said, “We need our strikers to play well to win. We are not a team that creates many chances. The strikers have to risk their lives to create chances and score. “Even if you miss, you have to work hard for the next one, and I don’t see that at all,” he said. It’s not professional. But I’ll give him a chance. Even if they practice shooting a thousand or two thousand times, I’ll give them another chance in Incheon. They don’t have the resources,” he said angrily.