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Gyeongnam 0-1 Chungju Hummel- Recap



Gyeongnam's season went from bad to worse on Wednesday night when Chungju came south and walked away with a valuable 3 points in their quest to climb up the table.  A 1-0 win was enough for the lowly outfit with second half substitute Seung Ho Choi proving to be the match winner.  In fairness it was a cracking goal that would of graced any league in the world, a low left footed strike from 25 yards beating the full length dive from the reds keeper Son Jeong Hyeon.

The battle of the basement this game was dubbed as.  I went after work expecting a win as most Gyeongnam fans would have done after a far improved performance against Seoul Eland last Sunday. Despite the 3-2 loss the boys played well and were unlucky to not win the game.

Just over 1500 were in attendance at the Changwon Football Center and one player who hasn't even been in the squad the last few weeks has been big Serbian striker Milos Stojanovic.  He was seen the stands along with the fans.  Apparently the coach "doesn't trust his ability" and therefore he has been left out of the side.  Bizarre as we are losing and as this game against Chungju wore on his presence on the pitch would have been just the tonic Gyeongnam needed to score past a stubborn away teams defence.

The first half was littered with errors and half chances but nothing really to get the crowd off their seats.  Chungju have in their ranks a former Gyeongnam player in Yong Ki Lee, a big burly center back who likes to put his head in where it hurts.  He certainly did in the first half making 3 or 4 crucial blocks and preventing the home side going into the break a goal or two up which in the balance of play they deserved to be.

Marcio #27 was very impressive for Chungju, just playing in behind the front two, he was floating all over the pitch and making himself available to receive the ball and he never gave the ball away.  He caused Gyeongnam problems all night with his smart link up play.  He needs to add goals to his game if he can make a step up.  Zero goals so far this campaign for him.

The winner came with just 12 minutes to go when as mentioned earlier in the article Seung Ho Choi only on the pitch 10 mins got the ball around the half way line after a 50-50 challenge luckily landed at his feet.  He ran with the ball, kept on running, and still kept going towards the box.  The home sides defenders backed off and backed off and the diminutive midfielder smashed an unstoppable left foot strike low into bottom left hand corner to take all three points back north and make the journey home for the zero away fans a happy one.  Gyeongnam huffed and puffed and battered the Chungju goal thereafter.  But the same old outcome occurred, they just can't find the clinical touch in the final third.  The manager tinkers with the team every week and he hasn't even time for last seasons top scorer to be in the squad.

http://live.sports.media.daum.net/video/kl2/122902/124306

Where oh where now for Gyeongnam?? A very tricky game up in Gangwon awaits this Monday evening where they have already lost a month ago in the FA Cup 2-1.  Where as Chungju go to Seoul Eland who will be smarting from getting thumped 4-2 at home by Gangwon.

Gyeongnam bottom of the league and 3 points adrift of 10th and I for one can't see where another win is coming from.  Troubling times for boys in red!!!

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