Daejeon Hana Citizen’s first win in five games reversed a downward spiral, and head coach Lee Min-sung (49) thanked his players for their fighting spirit and unity on the day.
Daejeon conceded an equalizer after Thiago (29) opened the scoring but came back to win 2-1 thanks to Joo Se-jong (32)’s late winner in the 17th round of the Hana One Q K League 2023 against Gangwon FC at Chuncheon Songam Sports Town at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday.
With the victory, Daejeon broke their ‘winless streak’ by adding a win in five matches. They moved up one spot to fifth place (7W, 4D, 6L – 25 points). Daejeon will next face ‘promotion-motivated’ Gwangju FC (6 points) at home in the next round.
In the post-match press conference, Lee said, “The players showed their fighting spirit in a difficult situation. I am grateful for the achievement of working together as a team.” “We will finish well against Gwangju FC before entering the A match and make it more solid during the break,” he concluded.
“I told the players, ‘Don’t lose your focus,'” he said. We did pretty well in the first round robin and worked hard, but then we didn’t win the next few games, so we got impatient. I emphasized that we’re doing well enough, and just because we didn’t win right away doesn’t mean we’re in the relegation zone, we can do better in the future, so let’s keep doing what we’re doing.”
Leandro, 28, was the star of the show with a multi-assist performance. “He has that kind of ability,” Lee said. “He had some injuries in winter training, but he’s been getting better as time goes on. He and Thiago are working well together. I hope he doesn’t get injured,” he said, praising him and wishing him well. 스포츠토토
Daejeon was disappointed with their defense on the day. “It would have been best if it ended 1-0, but I think the players are under a lot of pressure because of the mistakes they made,” Lee said. “There are a lot of situations where mistakes lead to goals, which shouldn’t happen anymore,” he emphasized.