Jeonbuk concedes a late goal again… Coach Petrescu: “I’m not 100% fit” [On the field in Pohang]

Jeonbuk Hyundai hangs its head in shame after conceding another late goal. Jeonbuk head coach Petrescu was disappointed with his team’s fitness.

온라인카지노Jeonbuk lost 1-2 away to Pohang Steelers in the 24th round of the 2023 Hana One Q K League 1 at Pohang Steelyard on 21 November. A lapse in concentration in the second half. After conceding to Pohang’s Han Chan-hee in the 34th minute, Jeonbuk equalised through ‘substitute’ Moon Sun-min just one minute into the second half. However, in the 43rd minute of the second half, Pohang’s Lee Ho-jae scored the winning goal.

After the match, Coach Petrescu said: “It was a difficult game. We were outplayed in the first half, but we created a lot of chances in the second half. A draw away from home would have been a great result, but we made two mistakes and conceded a goal, which hurts,” he said. “I asked them to attack more at half-time. We had a good flow, but we couldn’t capitalise on our chances afterwards.”

Petrescu concluded, “In a match between Pohang and a big club, even if one team sets the tone early on, they can lose the lead in the second half. And vice versa. This is part of football,” he emphasised.

The match between the Pohang Steelers and Jeonbuk Hyundai at the Pohang Steel Yard on the 21st. Jeonbuk Hyundai forward Song Min-gyu concentrates on the game. /Photo courtesy of the Korea Football Association
In five games in July, Jeonbuk won three, drew one and lost one. Not bad, but not great either. There were a couple of games where they conceded late in the game and lost a point. On 8 July, Jeonbuk narrowly won 2-1 against FC Seoul after conceding a late goal to striker Na Sang-ho in stoppage time. However, in the Daejeon Hanati season opener on the 12th, they conceded to Shin Sang-sang in the 45th minute to draw 2-2, and the problem recurred in the Pohang match.

Coach Petrescu said, “In terms of physical fitness, I think we are not yet at the level we want to be at 100 per cent. This could be one of the reasons why we conceded in the second half.”

On the struggles of foreign players such as Gustavo and Hapa Silva, he added: “They are both working hard. They are pouring it in on the training ground, and I have faith that their efforts will pay off and lead to good performances in the remaining matches.”

The match between the Pohang Steelers and Jeonbuk Hyundai at the Pohang Steel Yard on 21 November. Jeonbuk striker Gustavo (centre) concentrates on his attack. /Photo courtesy of the Korea Football Association

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