Incheon United head coach Cho Sung-hwan smiled “wryly” at the performance of his young resources.
Incheon welcomed Ulsan Hyundai to their stadium for a 3-1 victory in the 37th round of the Hana OneQ K League 2023 at the Incheon Football Stadium on Thursday. With the three points, Incheon moved up to fourth place (56 points), overtaking Jeonbuk Hyundai (54 points), who have played one game less.레모나토토 도메인
Young Guns had a big day. Incheon was without Mugosawa and Jerso, Lee Myung-joo (strained knee), Mpoku (calf), Shin Shin-ho (ankle) and Moon Ji-hwan (sports hernia). Young guns such as U-22 resources Park Hyun-bin, Choi Woo-jin, and Park Seung-ho were brought in, and they got the job done. Park Seung-ho scored the opening goal and his first professional goal, while Hong Si-hoo also had a strong performance with a goal and an assist.
After the game, Coach Cho said, “I couldn’t be happier that we were able to win the last home game of the league with the players. We had a good synergy between the rookies and the veterans in the center. Kim Do-hyuk was the center of the defense, and he was in harmony with the rookies, so I’m grateful for that. We will make good use of these aspects so that we can reap the beauty of Yujong.”
The youngsters gave the team a boost on the field. “The team improves through goodwill competition with players who have played before,” Cho said. It’s a chance for the team to improve. As a coach, I’m looking forward to next year.”
Before the game, Coach Cho said, “This lineup is the best. Heh heh,” he said with a relaxed expression. “That’s when we play better. The rookies showed their skills against Gwangju, which they honed in the B team. They should have continued their good performance today, not their inexperience, but they did, and if they continue to play well, I think they will be given more playing time. I hope I can relax and the players can overcome the tension and pressure.”
Park Seung-ho scored his professional debut goal. “He scored like a top scorer in the U-League,” said Cho. He had relatively few chances in the team, but if he continues to work hard, he has the mentality and ability to definitely look at the A national team in the future. I think he can overcome his illness and get to a good position.”
He added, “I’m not disappointed about the players who were injured, but I’m more excited about the players who prepared hard. If the young players hadn’t shown their hard work during the preparation period, I would have had a hard time selecting and judging them. However, they have shown their hard work in practice, life, and training. It seems that their hard work is leading to good fortune.”
On the difference between the first and second halves, he said, “In the first half, we had chances such as counted attacks based on a stable defense. I thought that chances would come depending on how well we maintained this in the second half, but our decision-making in the second half was better than our decision-making in the first half.”
The team will face Yokohama in the ACL group stage on the 28th. “It’s not greed, but it’s something we’ve been aiming for all season. It’s good that the fans and the team are still motivated until the end of the season.” “We only have 22 players who can train on the field. It’s cold and we don’t need any more injuries. We’ll do what we can with the resources we have to make sure we have the most fit players on the field.”