‘Multi-goal’ Koh Young-jun, proud coach Kim Ki-dong…”U22 rules? I just play well!”

Pohang Steelers drew 2-2 with Ulsan Hyundai in the 8th round of the ‘Hanawon Q K League 1 2023’ held at Munsu World Cup Stadium in Ulsan at 4:30 pm on the 22nd. With this, Pohang maintained second place with 16 points. The gap with leader Ulsan is still 3 points. 

In a way, it was a disappointing result. On this day, Pohang took the lead in the 13th minute of the first half. Youngjun Ko, who did not miss Sim Sangmin’s sharp penetrating pass, scored the first goal. Then, in the 6th minute of the second half, Ko Young-jun added another goal, making the score 2-0. 

However, Ulsan’s counterattack was also formidable. Ulsan scored 2-2 with Joo Min-gyu and Bako at the end of the second half, and the game ended in a draw.토토사이트

At the post-game press conference, coach Kim Ki-dong said, “I started to take the lead by scoring early in the first half. I tried to play the game by making changes in the second half. There are some regrets. “I still have a lot of games left to do. And I’m satisfied with the fact that I was able to take one point away from Ulsan, and I’m grateful to the players.” 

At the same time, he mentioned supplementary points, saying, “Continuing to lose points in set-piece situations. It seems that there was a momentary loss of concentration. Defensively, there are no big problems in other areas, but I think we need to emphasize set-piece defense.”  

Although they did not win, Pohang drove Ulsan. With this draw, the East Coast Derby continued its record of undefeated (2 wins, 2 draws) in the last 4 games. Director Kim Ki-dong said, “Players who have recently joined the team, such as Kim Jong-woo, or young players may not know the atmosphere of the East Coast Derby. He emphasized how important this match is to them. Isn’t something special coming out as the players recognize this? And I am satisfied that the team seems to be getting stronger as we achieved better results than expected at the beginning of the season,” he emphasized the East Coast Derby spirit. 

He did not forget to praise Go Young-jun, who scored multiple goals on the day. Youngjun Ko is a player under the age of 22 (U-22 resource), but he is showing more than that. When the story about Young-Jun Ko came up, coach Ki-Dong Kim replied with strength, “Young-Jun Ko does not play because of the U-22 rules, but because he has good skills. He is that good.” 

Every time Pohang is ahead of the season, there is anxiety due to the departure of the main players. But consistently good results. They are also undefeated in 8 games since the start of this season. Why? Coach Kim Ki-dong said, “I think it’s trust with the players.” 

He said, “No matter how hard I try to transplant good soccer, if the players don’t trust me, they won’t follow me. But the players try to fit everything in me. I explain to those players, “Your soccer is not wrong. It’s just that my direction is different. Please adjust to me. Then I will study how to make use of your strengths.”