‘Unbeaten run comes to an end’ Cho Sung-hwan says it’s “disappointing not to score” in first loss in seven games

“It’s unfortunate that we couldn’t score,” said Incheon head coach Cho Sung-hwan after his team’s loss to Pohang ended their unbeaten streak at six games.

Incheon United lost 0-1 to Pohang Steelers in the 19th round of the Hana OneQ K League 2023 at the Incheon Football Stadium on Friday.스포츠토토

With the loss against Pohang, Incheon (20 points) failed to catch up to eighth-place Jeonbuk (27 points) and widen the gap on 10th-place Suwon FC (18 points).

Incheon fell behind early in the match, conceding to Zeca in the 13th minute of the first half, and although they had crucial chances in both the first and second halves, they were unable to find an equalizer as they either hit the post or saw the ball go wide of the goal.

After the game, head coach Cho Sung-hwan spoke to the media and said, “We prepared well for two weeks, but it’s disappointing that we couldn’t get a result. We made a mistake in our positioning and our opponent’s play, and we couldn’t turn it around. I think it’s a sign of the team’s frustration with three games in a row. We will prepare to win the FA Cup,” he said, vowing to win the next match against Suwon in the FA Cup.

As for why there was a big difference between the first and second halves, he said, “We tried to take more possession by increasing the number of midfielders. The tactical change brought a slightly better flow, but in the end, it was unfortunate that we didn’t score.” He pointed out the disappointing scoring performance.

Regarding his substitution plan, where he brought on Gerso, Hernandez, and Kim Dae-jung to counter Pohang, he said, “Today, we made substitutions based on the flow of the game rather than a plan. The only parts that were planned were Hernandez and Jerso,” he said, revealing that the rest of the players’ insertion was a choice based on the flow of the game as they were being dragged down by a goal.

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