Gyeongnam FC has risen to the top of the league with a change from last season.
Gyeongnam won 3-2 against FC Anyang in the 8th round of the Hanawon Q K League 2 2023 held at the Changwon Soccer Center in Changwon, Gyeongsangnam-do on the 18th. After giving away the first goal from a penalty kick to Andrigo, Seol Hyun-jin’s goal balanced the score. In the 15th minute of the second half, Kim Jung-hyun conceded again, but in the 21st and 44th minutes of the second half, Won Gi-jong scored an own goal from Baek Dong-gyu and Kim Jeong-hyun, turning the game around.
After adding 3 points, Gyeongnam rose to 1st place in the K-League 2. On the 19th, even after all the remaining matches of the 8th round were finished, he maintained his seat. They beat Kim Cheon Sangmu (13 points, goal loss +5) and Gimpo FC (11 points), who were tied with 15 points, with goal loss and multiple points, respectively. Gyeongnam scored 13 goals and conceded 4 goals while running an undefeated streak of 4 wins and 3 draws in 7 matches.
Compared to last year, the performance has improved significantly. Gyeongnam recorded 2 wins, 1 draw and 4 losses in the first 7 matches last season. The victory point was 7 points, less than half of this year’s record. The ranking was, of course, the bottom 8th, and the difference between the lowest and the lowest was only 3 points.
One of the reasons for the increase in performance is to reduce the number of runs by supplementing the defense, which has been pointed out as a weakness. There is no significant difference in scoring power. Last year, Gyeongsangnam-do scored 11 goals in 7 games. On the other hand, his conceded runs decreased significantly from 15 to 4. At this time a year ago, they were at the bottom of the least points conceded, but this year, they are in second place with one more goal than first place.
Compared to previous seasons, there are definitely more games without a goal. Of the 107 league games Gyeongnam played during the three years under Seol Ki-hyun’s leadership, only 24 games ended without a goal. However, this year, with only 7 games played, there are already 5 games without a goal in the league. 토토사이트
Raising the defensive power while maintaining the offensive power is the picture that coach Seol drew last winter. Coach Seol said at the winter training media camp, “Teams that perform well are based on stabilizing the defense. This year, we need to balance well and create a high-quality attack at the same time.” The players also emphasized defense more than before to the extent that they could feel the change.
Basically, with the strength to endure, even if the game turns into a slugfest, in the end, it is possible to win a point by conceding one less goal. Coach Seol is satisfied with the team’s change. After the match against Anyang, he said, “The way we persevered and didn’t give up brought good results. If we maintain this attitude, I don’t think it’s a team that can easily lose.”