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"We don't look at the table where Suwon is now" - Anton Kryvotsyuk looks ahead to Suwon Bluewings

Despite Daejeon Hana Citizen enjoying a very positive first season back in the top flight of Korean football, defender Anton Kryvotsyuk says that the players are still hungry for me and that they have eyes on the top three. Up next for the Purples is the visit of Suwon Samsung Bluewings, the league's basement side but the Azerbaijan international says that Daejeon are not paying attention to league standings and that they are expecting a tough game. 

"We don't think about our last match," says the athletic defender when asked if the run of three straight draws is being used as motivation to win against the Bluewings this Sunday. "It's not like it makes us disappointed or not ready, we are concentrating, we are ready, we are working hard during this week. So we're ready a hundred percent for the next match."

The Bluewings sit rooted to the foot of the table, only three points behind Gangwon FC in 11th but 13 points from safety. Anton, though, says he and the Daejeon players are not paying attention to Suwon's current predicament:

"We don't look at the table where this team now, you know, the results of this team doesn't matter. So for every match, we really prepare well, very good, very hard. So it's a really good team with very good players. Just sometimes, can be not like you want, you know? Sometimes we have not good days, not lucky days. So even if, they are not in the position in the table where they want to be. So we are preparing very hard."

Assist versus Suwon Bluewings

Anton has one goal and one assist to his name this term. The assist came in Daejeon's 3-1 away win over Suwon Bluewings earlier in the campaign, nodding the ball over to Byun Jun-soo to make it 2-1 to the Purples late in the game. 

"It was my first assist in K League, it was also was good match, not only for me, for all team for Daejeon. It was a great moment because it was last minutes, it was 1-1 and then I give an assist to score a second, and then later we score another goal. It was a good match."


But it's Anton's defensive displays, his composure, the way he glides across the park and the way he can spot and avert danger that has really caught the eye. He admits that the current campaign is the best of his career so far:

"I think it's my best season in my career for sure because everyone knows my performance here in K League. So it's not about goals or assists, it's about my performance during the game now and also my opponents, my opponents telling me that I'm a good player. So that's the reason what we can say that is good season and it's not finished yet. I hope I will continue like this."

Four unbeaten, three straight draws

Last time out, Daejeon drew 0-0 away to FC Seoul. It was a game that could be seen as glass half full or half empty. Looking at it positively, it was a cleansheet and a point against team that sits above the Purples in the table. However, from an attacking sense, Daejeon mustered just one shot in 90 minutes and even that attempt, a Tiago header, didn't hit the target. 

Daejeon looked despondent when the final whistle was blown. Speaking to the players after the game, Daejeon manager Lee Min-sung reassured them that a run of one win and three draws is "not bad" and that it was nothing to feel down about. 

"Our last four matches it was one win and three draws. It's not bad from one side, but from other side in these three matches we can win. You know, we had many, many chances to score a winning goal and it was disappointing because we lost many points and our position is not showing our team's level because I know everyone from our team knows that we can be higher.

"So after the match against Seoul, me and other players were disappointed because of the result because it's also was also a chance, from one win we can be in the top four. It was a big chance, but it was a difficult match for us. Thanks for our goalkeeper, of course, (Lee) Chang-geun.  He save us many, many times and Seoul is a good team. They control the ball good, They was attacking every minute, you know, it was difficult to defend against them, but I think everyone show his best. Every player gives all what they have and I think for a match against a big team, it's a good result. It's not bad but everyone wants to win. Cause we are not, we are not accepting our position now because everyone's still hungry. They wanna be in the top three."


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