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Interview: 'We're going there to win', Connor Chapman


A win over FC Anyang put Daejeon Hana Citizen into third and in the driving seat for a place in the playoffs. This weekend the Purples travel to Changwon to take on sixth place Gyeongnam FC who themselves have a chance of qualifying for the playoffs. A draw would be enough for the Purples, but the Reds need to win. Paul Neat caught up with Daejeon midfielder Connor Chapman to preview the Purples' trip to Changwon.

"Obviously we want to play in front of our home fans, you have the advantage of going into the finals and only having to draw. We want to go down [to Gyeongnam] and win, we want to win every game and I think we've got a good chance of that. Gyeongnam are a strong team, it's tight, each of the four teams can make it but from our point of view we're going there to win it and hopefully we can come back with the three points."

[READ: K League 2 Playoff Race]

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Daejeon met Gyeongnam back in August and looked on course to pick up the three points after establishing a two-goal lead. However, a late fight back from the Reds saw the game turn on its head. A game which proved to be difficult:

"That was a difficult game, I didn't play that game myself but it was a game that we thought we had locked up. The players played really well in the first half. In the second half I think Gyeongnam just chucked everything at us and they probably got a bit of luck, there was probably a few mistakes by ourselves and they got that win. But, I think we are a different team now to what we were then.


"The season hasn't gone exactly to plan, the way everyone would have liked - we 've changed coach, we've had a lot of injuries to players in key positions and players with experience. Now, everyone is pretty much fit in our team and we've got experience there which for games like this is very important."

[READ: Gyeongnam FC vs Daejeon Hana Citizen Preview]

An extended, audio version of the interview is available on the Weekend Preview Podcast and a special 'director's cut' version is available for K League United Patreons.

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