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"You feel that positive vibe and I think we can still get much better" - Dino Islamović


Gangwon FC are prepared for a tough game this Sunday when a still win-less Suwon FC make the trip to Gangneung, according to Dino Islamović. But, the Montenegro international says that the atmosphere is good among the squad and that the focus is on picking up back-to-back wins.

With two goals from his first for matches, including one on his debut, Gangwon FC's Dino Islamović admits that he's pleased with how the season has begun for him.

"You come in and you try to make an impact. I think I did that so yeah, I think it's important to get a good start for the team and for me, so I can't complain. Of course, you have pressure and you put the pressure on yourself. I think you have to understand, yourself, that it can take time. And sometimes you don't score the first five games and then you score for five games. For me, I'm 28 now so I've been through it so, to be honest, I had to pressure myself but I know how it works."

One chance was all it took for Islamović to find the back of the net against Daegu FC last time out, but the player says that he would prefer it if he had more chances even if it meant his chance conversion ratio drops.

"To be honest, I'd rather have five shots and one goal. I think it was a good game for me and for the team (but) I think I can do better than that, create more chances. Because I think you can see also when we scored for 1-0 we played much more relaxed and obviously, that's normal. But I think for us that last year was in a real relegation battle and I think we still have this nervousness but I think with winning games we'll get much better, getting confidence in the group and in the club. Also because I think now I've been in different clubs winning and losing and you realize how much a win can mean for our club. The energy during the week, during training, during just eating lunch and in the clubhouse, you feel that positive vibe so I think we can still get much better. I think we got a good start. I'm excited for the season.

Up next for Islamović and Gangwon is the visit of Suwon FC, a side that is still without a win in 2022. But Gangwon's number nine says that he and his teammates are prepared for a tough match.

"I think from what I saw, they played quite good teams and they drew against Jeju in the last game, if I'm not mistaken. So I think it's a good team, from what I've seen and I think sometimes it's difficult to play a team that hasn't won yet. Because every team will win at probably at one point, and the longer the losing streak is going, the bigger chance probably they will win some games. So I think it will be a difficult game and for us, it's also a good opportunity to take our second win in the row and get this winning feeling still and keep pushing for that top half."

Islamović played 89 minutes last time out, the most so far since arriving in K League having had to make do with cameos off the bench. The player admits that it is unclear yet whether he will be in the starting lineup for this Sunday's game.

"Well, you can see some patterns in training. Not always but mostly and the team we get (in training) is the same as the match. I think often you have a feeling if you're starting. We've been off for two days, and yesterday was the first training so I'm not sure."

[READ: 2022 K League 1 Round 4 Preview]

Full interview with Dino Islamović coming soon to KLeague.com and the K League United Podcast.

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