The #KLeagueFM17 Challenges: Citizens Unite! [April '17]
The Challenge: 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, May '16, June '16, July '16, August '16, September '16, Post-Split '16, FA Cup Final '16 [Preview], FA Cup Final '16, Pre-Season '17 [Part 1], Pre-Season '17 [Part 2], March '17
We're off to Gwangju this April Fool's Day, with the joke no doubt being our defence which have conceded eight goals in their last two games. Seeing as Gwangju are rooted to the foot of the table alongside Jeonbuk though, this seems a prime opportunity to pick up points and get our campaign back on track.
Gwangju manager Park Sung-hwa seems to prefer a simplistic style, lining his side up in a 4-4-2 and relying on Jung Jo-gook to find the net. Their right back Lee Jang-min is also nursing a slight injury so at least I have someone to target my heavy tackles on.
I am once again forced to field young defender Nam Min-woo in the defence, despite him still playing for the high school team. Like the Seoul game last month, I'll probably drag him off after twenty minutes or so. Fortunately Velokoski has returned from international duty so we are at least strong in attack.
Fortunately, we quickly reclaim our lead early on in the second half via a Ju Min-kyu screamer. I quickly look to reassure the defence bringing on Kim Hyung-il and Kim Gyeong-min for a tiring centre backs, and switch to a 4-1-4-1 to close up shop. The games finishes 2-1 and our team is praised for their professional display in the press and on social media.
The FA Cup is also drawn for the fourth round this week. After two consecutive final appearances, perhaps this year we can go one step further. We draw newly promoted Busan at home, which is certainly not a preferable fixture so early on in the competition. Still, I suppose it could have been far worse.
Next up is Jeju United and we have been buoyed in our preparation by the return of our first choice (and under 23 year-old) goalkeeper Lee Tae-hee. I also opt for Kim Hyung-il after Ahn Jae-joon's poor performance in the previous outing.
I bring on Kevin Oris, but he continues to prove himself as neither use nor ornament, and at £8,000 per week, I am taking serious consideration about offloading him in the summer. The second half peters out and it finishes 1-0 to the home side.
|Joo Tae-woong pretty much summarising my thoughts after nearly every other Incheon game|
Fortunately it has not put off Gavilan who has agreed to my £2,000 per week contract and will join in the summer. I now have to decide when to break the news to Kevin Oris. I guess I will do that closer to the time.
Finally, we reach the last league game of the month where we face future FA cup opponents Busan IPark. I do not mess with the team, opting to field similar tactics as I have in my last two games. Unfortunately, I am forced to remove Ahn Jae-joon from the squad due to a hernia he picked up in training. It looks as if Kim Hyung-il will be getting a few weeks in the starting line up.
Whisper it, but things are looking up in Incheon.
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