The coach smiled at the victory. He vowed to win in future matches.
Suwon FC defeated Suwon Samsung 2-0 in the 25th round of the Hana OneQ K League 1 2023 at Suwon World Cup Stadium at 7 p.m. on May 5.
With the result, Suwon remained in 11th place with four wins, six draws, 15 losses and 18 points. Suwon FC moved to 10th place with six wins, five draws, 14 losses and 23 points, five points clear of Suwon. They trailed ninth-place Jeju United (30 points from 24 games) by seven points.
It was their first win in nine games. Suwon FC had slumped to two draws and six losses in their previous eight matches. In the post-match press conference, Suwon FC head coach Kim Do-gyun said, “It’s been a tough time for a long time. Today’s game showed our fighting spirit. The players gave 100%, 120% and were professional on the field. I saw their training attitude during the break. I thought we would be in good shape when the league resumed. They showed well on the field. When there were difficulties, I told the players that it was part of the season. I emphasized that we haven’t failed yet and that we need direction. The conversation went well. I’m happy with the win. But we are still fighting for survival in the relegation zone. We will recover well and prepare for the next game.”
It worked. Before the game, Kim Do-gyun predicted an aggressive battle for possession using Lars. Rath scored the first goal with a header from a corner kick in the first half. Even when Lee Seung-woo scored in the last minute of the first half, Rath kept Suwon FC’s offense going by protecting the aerial ball.
Coach Kim Do-gyun commented on Rath’s performance, “As I said before the game, Rath, Lee Seung-woo, and others were in good shape, and I think we’ve completely shaken off the transfer issue. We showed it on the pitch. They played their hearts out until the end.”
Regarding Lee Seung-woo, who scored the second goal, he said, “Lee Seung-woo needs to play with the ball a lot to make good plays. We were active in defense as well as offense. I’m happy with the three midfielders, Lee Seung-woo, Yoon Beetgaram, and Kim Sun-min. Watching the training, I felt that we improved a lot from the beginning of the season. Our movement was good in the first half. I’m happy to have scored.”
They did a good job of locking down the opponent’s core midfield. Suwon midfielder Kazuki struggled against Suwon FC’s strong defense. Coach Kim Do-gyun said, “Kazuki was the initiator of the attack. We didn’t give him space, and there were a lot of backward passes (today). I think that’s why we didn’t see much of Kazuki,” he said, adding, 꽁머니사이트 “Our defense was good overall, not just in the midfield.”
It was the first clean sheet in three months. Coach Kim Do-gyun said, “I always say this, and then we concede a lot of goals in the next game.” He added, “I want to praise our concentration. We seem to have stabilized since Hugo Gomes joined the team. The game against FC Seoul was disappointing, but the recent games have been stable. The buildup is better. The active defense of the midfield was also the driving force behind the clean sheet.”
You’re undefeated in three Suwon derbies. “I don’t know,” he said, “I think Ras was the key. When we play Suwon, we seem to put a lot of pressure on him. He played a big role in the Suwon game. Yoon Beom-garam, Lee Seung-woo, and the buildup at the back.