Review: Bucheon 1995 1-1 Daejeon Citizen
On Saturday Daejeon came from a goal behind away to high-flying Bucheon to earn a difficult away point but now have just one win in their last five.
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After going a goal behind on twenty minutes thanks to a well-taken Waguiniho strike, Daejeon pulled one back through Jung Minwoo whose equaliser was enough to salvage a draw for their efforts.
Once again the Purples' manager Lee Youngik rang in the changes with the most notable exclusion from his starting eleven being starlet Hwang Inbeom who was relegated to the bench.
The much sought-after youngster has under performed thus far for Citizen and so sat out the trip to Bucheon with goal-scoring Jung Minwoo taking his place.
Captain Kim Jinkyu returned after missing the last two games through injury, as did Levan but the Georgian winger could only make do with a place amongst the substitutes.
Young forward Nam Yunjae made his full debut on the left side of a front three which was lead by Han Seunghyup in Cristian Danalache's absense.
In addition, Cho Yechan made his first league start of the campaign in midfield with Shin Hakyoung, who scored the equaliser against Asan last week, on the bench,
Bucheon were on a winning run of four straight games in all competitions proper to Saturday evening's fixture and began the game accordingly, taking the lead midway through the first period through Brazilian forward Waguininho.
The 27-year-old picked the ball up on the edge of the box after Kim Youngnam had supplied the ball to feet.
Initially with his back to goal, Waguininho then ushered the ball onto his right foot before slotting the coolly into the bottom right-hand corner of Daejeon 'keeper Lee Youngchang's goal.
Bucheon deserved their lead but the goal seemed to act as a wake up call for the visitors, Daejeon, and so after a short spell of pressure, Citizen won themselves a corner.
Kim Jungjoo's corner made its way to the back post where Jung Minwoo was waiting to net his first goal for Daejeon since his winter move from Suwon FC,
The goal wasn't pretty, the ball seemed to come off the inside of Jung's leg, but nonetheless Daejeon were back on level terms.
A rather uneventful second half saw the game remain 1-1, Daejeon drop to eighth place whilst Bucheon sit in fourth.
Daejeon have conceded first in all three of their drawn games this term and so should be given credit for getting themselves back in the game.
However, Citizen are yet to keep a clean sheet in 2017 but with Lee Youngik's reluctance to field the same back four as well as rotating his goalkeepers it is hardly surprising.
Up next for Citizen is the visit of Youngnam University in the Hana Bank FA Cup on Wednesday night.
Coach Lee may want to rest his big names but with his squad in need of a win and a boost in moral, it wouldn't be at all surprising to see a strong side selected come Wednesday evening, especially since Cristian Danalache is back in contention after his two match suspension.
Match preview to follow...