Ulsan Hyundai held Daegu FC to a draw at home.
Ulsan played Daegu to a 0-0 draw in the 25th round of the Hana OneQ K League 2023 at DGB Daegu Bank Park at 7:30 p.m. on Friday. Despite the loss, Ulsan remains at the top of the table with 57 points.
Ulsan took control of the game from the start and pushed Daegu forward, but were unable to find the back of the net due to a tight defense. In the 32nd minute, Ulsan brought on Uhm Won-sang in place of Kang Yoon-gu, who was on the U-22 card. In the 10th minute of the second half, Bako was unlucky as his right-footed out-front shot from inside the penalty box hit the post. In the 22nd minute, Lee Cheong-yong and Lee Min-gyu were sent off in the penalty area. As the opponent continued to attack, Kim Ki-hee and Cho Hyun-taek were sent off in the 33rd minute to play a three-back. In stoppage time, Lee Cheong-yong cut in from the edge of the box and his left-footed shot was blocked by Oh Seung-hoon. After winning the previous two meetings, the draw was a disappointment. 꽁머니지급
In the post-match press conference, head coach Hong Myung-bo said, “As you can see, there were a lot of spectators on a hot day. I was disappointed that we didn’t score,” he said, adding, “Both teams tried their best. We didn’t capitalize on a few chances. On the flip side, we were caught on the counter-attack, although not many times. We were fortunate not to concede a goal. Overall, our players didn’t play badly, but there are things we need to work on. We will prepare well.”
Hong Myung-bo used a back three of Lee Kyu-sung and Kim Min-hyuk against Daegu, following their win over Jeju United on March 21. Since Park Yong-woo (Al Ain), a key midfielder, left for the United Arab Emirates, the team is looking for an answer.
Coach Hong Myung-bo said, “The two players are filling in for Park Yong-woo. They did a good job today, but there are some difficulties. Tactically, we need to complement those positions a little more.”
Ulsan brought on Kim Ki-hee at the end of the game to play a three-back. “Our defense was constantly being attacked,” said Hong Myung-bo. The intention was for the three players (Kim Young-kwon, Jung Seung-hyun, and Kim Ki-hee) to guard each channel and mark space, people, and the ball. There were no major problems. After that, we had a sense of stability in our offense.”