The #KLeagueFM17 Challenges: Citizens Unite! [May '16]
Citizens Unite! Stand up to the Korean Chaebols by leading a citizen club to title glory.
Previous Instalments: Pre-season '16 [Part 1], Pre-season '16 [Part 2], March '16, April '16
It's fair to say April was a stark contrast to the month that had preceded it. Giddy dreams of Champions League have quite rightly been put to one side in order to focus on the task at hand. I took several notable batterings in the last 30 days but the prospect of being hammered in back to back matches against fierce rivals Suwon Bluewings and FC Seoul would surely see any discontent escalate and my position questioned.
Fortunately I have been afforded some time before my next match, nine days to be precise. I plan on revisiting the countering 4-1-4-1 tactic I dabbled with in my 1-1 draw against Jeju in a bid to limit the damage against these two opponents. Unfortunately, Park Jong-jin has torn ligaments in his knee during training and will be out for the next three months. Choi Hyo-jin will also be suspended due to his yellow card accumulation but the silver lining comes in the form of my first team goalkeeper Cho Su-hyuk who has recovered from injury. He should be fit for at least one of these games.
The whistle blows to signal kick-off and I brace myself for Seoul's onslaught. It takes less than a minute for the first shot to find the back of the net. However, its not the visitors who have found a lead. Our very own Kim Do-hyeok lost his marker Ju Se-jong in the box and worked his way onto the end of a beautiful through ball by Kevin Oris, finishing superbly. We are leading, and there's 89 minutes to hold on to.
I let play continue a little in this current formation and it is similar to the performance against Bluewings. We are holding strong and barely giving our opponents any space to move forward. Somehow we weather the storm until near half time when I double down on defensive instructions to get us in at the interval with a lead. Then, as we are defending for our lives and kicking Kim Chi-woo all over the pitch, Seoul's Ju Se-jong adds to his poor defending by proceeding to haul Kim Do-hyeok down, receiving his 2nd yellow card. Half time comes around and we're a goal and a man up against FC Seoul. We have to stay focused here and not let complacency become an issue.
We nearly do though just two minutes into the second half. Bae Seung-jin gives the ball away to substitute Adriano who breaks through on goal with defenders chasing. As he enters the penalty area, I fully expect him to dive and claim a penalty. As this is not Sangam though, and thus the chances of him being awarded a penalty are slim, the Brazilian holds off going to ground and decides to let fire. Fortunately for us, he decides to blaze it into the FC Seoul fans behind the goal, sending their contraband cans of Cass flying.
We continue to hold on, with Choi Hyo-jin, who had came on for a struggling Matij, clearing off the goal line in the 58th minute. As each five minute period passes, I pull the team further back and become increasingly conservative in my tactics. We see it through though and the stadium is delirious as the full time whistle rings out. I look at the muddy and bloody faces of Incheon's new found heroes and I couldn't be happier. There shall be so-mek tonight!
This article is the fifth part of the #KLeagueFM17 challenges, a series we are running on our website and encourage others to do so on their's as well. If you enjoy Football Manager and the K-League, then we suggest you should take a look for yourself and see if there is a challenge which you can complete during these matchless winter months. The short online entry form can be found here.