There are teams that collapse when a crisis hits, while there are also teams that come together on the contrary. Now, Suwon Samsung is getting closer to the latter.
Suwon suffered a 2-3 defeat to Ulsan Hyundai in the 14th round of the ‘Hanawon Q K League 1 2023’ held at Suwon World Cup Stadium at 6:00 pm on the 21st. Suwon, who did not win points, remained at the bottom of the league.
It was a disappointing match for Suwon. Although Ulsan led the game, Suwon repeated the pursuit after conceding a goal. After conceding a goal to Rubikson in the 6th minute of the first half, Ahn Byeong-Jun’s equalizer followed. However, after Martin Adam’s penalty kick that came out at the end of the second half, they failed to pursue and eventually lost 2-3.
Even in defeat, Suwon found hope. Although they lost the match, Suwon, unlike before, which easily collapsed after conceding, showed a way to follow through to the end even against Ulsan, the league leader in this game.
Here was the effort of Suwon players who played earnestly until the end of the game. Ulsan continued to attack, but Suwon’s players defended against Ulsan’s attacks. 20-year-old Lee Sang-min, who was awarded a penalty kick for committing a last-minute foul, knelt down next to the bench and wept after the replacement. Lee Sang-min’s tears did not stop even after the game was over. They were all expressions of desperation.
Unlike Jeonbuk Hyundai, which was helplessly defeated 0-3, coach Kim Byung-soo said at a press conference after this game, “I saw the players’ efforts regardless of the results, and I was echoed by the players. The results were poor, but the players were eager to do something.” He said that although the results were unfortunate, he found positive elements in the players. 안전놀이터
There is also a solidarity within the team. After the match, Suwon’s captain Lee Gi-je said, “It was a little intimidating because we allowed a quick run in the beginning, but unlike before, the players came together and quickly scored an equalizer, and we were able to play in a good mood. It seems to have been lost unfortunately. I believe that I can go to the middle level in the future. The team atmosphere is not bad, and I think I can go up enough because I have the will to do it.”
He continued, “I think we were able to unite because all the players were aware of this because the players talked about staying together this season, and the coach also gave us a lot of good words. Originally, when we were losing, the team tended to collapse, but today I found hope in trying to catch up.”