“I think the three points today will be valuable for us at the end of the season.”
Incheon United 홀덤사이트 head coach Cho Sung-hwan was all smiles after the thrilling theater win.
His side won their Hana One Q K League 2023 28th Round match against Suwon FC 2-1 at Suwon Sports Complex on Friday, thanks to Oh Ban-seok’s last-minute winner.
The victory was doubly gratifying as the players’ stamina was severely depleted after playing 120 minutes of extra-time in the Asian Champions League (ACL) playoff match against Hai Phong (Vietnam) just three days earlier.
“I didn’t think it was going to be easy, but it was a collective effort from the players and staff away from home,” Cho said after the game. “I think the three points today will be invaluable for us at the end of the season. We’ll try to prepare well for the rest of our games to move up in the standings so that we can go all-in on the ACL.”
Despite the win, there were plenty of close calls, including two shots that hit the post and bounced back. “We conceded a goal from a side cross,” Cho said. I thought we could be in trouble after that, so I brought Delbridge on and rearranged the side defense,” Cho said. “I knew it was an important game and that the players would do a good job. I didn’t get impatient and took my time, but they stayed focused until the end and scored the goal, so congratulations to them.”
After struggling at the start of the season, Incheon has surged since July with six wins, two draws, and one loss in nine league games to move up to fourth in the standings. “I think it’s because we’re scoring a lot of goals in the offense,” Cho said. The team has become cohesive, and I think that’s what made the difference,” Cho explained.