The Pohang Steelers certainly have the strength to endure.
Pohang won 2-0 in the away game against Incheon United in the 29th round of ‘Hana One Q K League 1 2023’ held at Incheon Soccer Stadium on the 2nd. Pohang, who went 8 games undefeated (4 wins, 4 draws), has actually entered the mode of consolidating second place. In addition, Pohang confirmed its advance to Final A (sixth round) early on. Even if Pohang, which has secured 53 points, loses all four remaining games, 7th place Incheon (40 points) will not be able to surpass Pohang.
Above all, there was ‘bleeding’ ahead of the Incheon match. Striker Hong Yun-sang, who moved to Pohang in the summer transfer market and scored goals in two consecutive games, left. Hong Yun-sang joined the under-22 (U-22) national team led by coach Hwang Seon-hong as a replacement. Coach Kim secretly hoped that he could use Hong Yun-sang against Incheon, but he could not avoid sending him to the national team.
Pohang’s depth of flank resources has recently decreased significantly. As Jeong Jae-hee’s return continues to be delayed, even key player Baek Seong-dong left the team due to a knee injury. Among the existing starting players, there are only two wing strikers: Kim In-seong and Kim Seung-dae. It is difficult to classify Kim Seung-dae as a typical side attacker. This is why Hong Yun-sang’s presence was even more necessary.
Therefore, Coach Kim included five U-22 players in the list for the Incheon match. In fact, it is a ‘hard-earned solution’. In particular, wing striker Park Hyeong-woo, born in 2004, is making his first appearance this season. He was substituted after playing his part for 45 minutes. Among the U-22 resources, all four players except Park Geon-woo took the field.카지노
Nevertheless, Pohang produced results. Although Pohang struggled somewhat with Incheon’s speed, the defense did not lose focus until the end and allowed no goals. And the unresolved attack succeeded in both penalty kicks, earning 3 points.
The so-called ‘quick win’ is one of the conditions for a strong team. Pohang had only 4 losses (14 wins, 11 draws) in 29 games this season. They have fewer losses than leader Ulsan Hyundai (19 wins, 4 draws, 5 losses). This means that he has demonstrated his ‘potential’. Pohang’s ‘strength’ to endure is a great asset to the team. Pohang will begin the Asian Champions League (ACL) group stage with an away trip to Hanoi (Vietnam) on the 20th. In addition, the semifinals of the Korea Football Association (FA) Cup must be held in November. Pohang’s staying power is becoming stronger as the season progresses.