It was a draw with a lot of meaning.
Gangwon FC, led by head coach Choi Yong-soo, drew 2-2 with Jeju United in the 16th round of the Hana OneQ K League 1 2023 at Jeju World Cup Stadium on the 3rd.
It was a hard-fought point against Jeju, who have been on the rise with their recent unbeaten run. Coincidentally, bottom-placed Suwon Samsung lost to Suwon FC on the same day. While Gangwon secured 12 points, Suwon remained stuck on eight.먹튀검증
Most encouragingly, the team’s goal-scoring form returned after going scoreless in five games in May. Kangwon hadn’t scored a single goal in five K League One matches in May. However, on this day, Kim Dae-won and Park Sang-hyuk scored goals.
After the game, Choi said, “I expected it to be a tough game. They did a good job of following my offensive instructions. After scoring the first goal, I was worried that we would turn over and lose our balance in the second half, but we created a lot of good situations. I’m happy with the result, but I think it’s disappointing for both teams, and I hope our players will gain confidence from today’s game.”
Choi added: “I asked them to play a game where they could score even if they conceded. They followed it well. We didn’t drop the line, we kept it up and pressed from the top and created good situations. It was unfortunate that we didn’t capitalise on a few more chances.”
On Lee Jung-hyeop, Choi said, “He didn’t score, but he tied up the defence and created space for the wing forwards. He did his job well. He’s not in perfect form, but I think he’ll get better.”
The veteran midfielder has been in good form for Gangwon recently. Choi said, “He is a player who can be recognised for his experience and game management. It must be hard for him physically, but he has been showing good performances consistently. In offensive situations, he gets forward and creates a lot of situations. He is playing a good role as the team’s hidden worker.”