“This is the lowest mood I’ve been in since I’ve been here. But we have to endure and overcome this.”
Ulsan Hyundai head coach Hong Myung-bo told reporters at an official press conference immediately after his team’s 0-2 away defeat to Gangwon FC in the 26th round of the Hana One Q K League 2023 at Gangneung Sports Complex at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday.
Ulsan struggled from the start of the match, panicking at Gangwon’s quick counterattacks. They eventually conceded the first goal in the 37th minute through Shin Min-woo. Ulsan then made a number of substitutions to try and change the atmosphere, but were unable to equalize. In the second half, they conceded a penalty kick (PK) in stoppage time.
As a result, Ulsan was unable to regain the momentum as they failed to add a win for the second game in a row. They consolidated their position at the top of the table (18 W, 3 D, 5 L – 57 points), but failed to close the gap on second-place Pohang Steelers (45 points). Ulsan will look to get back to winning ways when they host Jeonbuk Hyundai on Nov. 19.
“I can’t say that the players didn’t work hard,” Hong said in the post-match press conference, before adding, 꽁머니 “We have no choice but to accept the result. Of course, we were disappointed with the way we conceded goals and stopped counterattacks. We need to work on that before the next game,” he concluded.
Ulsan has been in a bad mood lately. It’s a mess inside and out. “This is the lowest mood since I took over,” said Hong. But we have to endure this. We have no choice but to overcome it.” “There is a feeling of being chased. We are not playing the way we want to play because we are impatient. In the end, we have no choice but to overcome.”
Ulsan will now play Jeonbuk in the ‘Hyundai Street Derby’. When asked how he plans to prepare, Hong said, “There is no method. The problems that came out today were not the only ones that came out today,” he said, adding, “I think we need to prepare by complementing the players well.”