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Pohang head coach Kim Ki-Dong: “Ulsan played a smart game”

Pohang Steelers lost to Ulsan Hyundai at home.

Pohang fell 0-1 to Ulsan in the 176th East Coast Derby and 21st round of the Hana One Q K League 1 2023 at Pohang Steel Yard at 6 p.m. on Aug. 8.

Pohang (37 points), which ended a run of four league matches without a loss (three wins and a draw), remained in second place, but the gap between them and leader Ulsan (53 points) widened.

Speaking at the official post-match press conference, head coach Kim Ki-dong said, “I’m sorry we couldn’t give the fans a victory. One mistake led to a goal. We played with the lead. I have nothing to say to the players who tried their best.” “Ulsan has experienced players. They were smart and controlled the flow of the game. If we could have found a way to operate, we could have given our fans a good game and result, but we lost for the first time in a long time. It’s unfortunate, but we will recover well and prepare for a rebound.”

It didn’t work out. Despite pushing their opponents from the start, their finishing proved to be a problem. In the 23rd minute of the first half, Ulsan’s Seol Young-woo conceded a goal after failing to stop the rush of In-Joo Gyu’s cross.

Commenting on the goal, Coach Kim Ki-dong said, “I think that’s soccer. Even if you have a high share of possession, if you can’t finish when you have a chance, you won’t be able to bring home the win…” he said bitterly. 안전놀이터

At the start of the second half, Kim In-sung was replaced by Baek Sung-dong. They continued to pound Ulsan. In the 15th minute of the second half, Baek Sung-dong’s thunderbolt shot was blocked by Cho Hyun-woo. In the 16th minute, Lee Ho-jae and Han Chan-hee threw in the towel. In the 17th minute, Zeca’s header from the edge of the box went through Cho Hyun-woo’s hands and hit the post. In the 26th minute, Grant’s surprise left-footed mid-range shot deflected off Kim Tae-hwan and hit the post. Despite the last-minute offense, they failed to open the scoring.

“Before the second half, I told the players in the locker room not to rush, that we can win if we play our game,” said Kim Ki-dong. If we had scored a goal in the crucial moments of the second half, I think we would have turned it around at the end. We will continue to play attacking soccer for the sake of our fans.”

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