Avispa 0 – 2 Kashiwa
20 mins : Sueyoshi hits a shot from outside the area after some neat build-up. Gets tipped onto the outside of the post by the diving keeper.
32 mins : *****GOAL*****Central defence is split as a reverse pass feeds Leandro to calmly score.
37 mins : ******GOAL****** Goal from similar situation as a ball is slid through the middle to score one on one with the keeper again.
65 mins : Refereee decides that a ball knocked back to Kamiyama was a back-pass and gives a free-kick 2m out. Kamiyama makes a good double save.
Kamiyama – 8. Left exposed for both goals which were not his fault. Otherwise pulled off some great stops and saves to keep the score at 2-0.
Nakajima – 5. After being one of the best players before summer he hasn’t been so strong recently. Needed to double up on the full back with Genki early.
Tatsunori – 7. Another good performance attacking and defending.
Makoto – 7. Part of the defensive partnership which got caught out twice, but made some important tackles. Playing his 400th game.
Nagira – 5. Should be behind Miyaji as back-up centreback now. Out of match practice and it showed, came off early with cramp.
Sueyoshi – 7. A difficult match against a packed midfield. Should have been tighter to Leandro, but maybe not given instructions to do so.
Nakamachi – 8. Has added some really effective tackling to his game. All over the pitch, and Avispa’s best player again. Seemed to be acting as Captain in Daiki’s absence even though Makoto was officially.
Kudo – 6. Had a shot in the first half he should have made the keeper work harder with. Over-shadowed by Yusuke after being substituted again.
Genki – 7. Played well, and beat his man when given the chance. Should have been working the channels more to get his defender turned more often.
Jogo – 6. Had a good chance to score at the end but was faced with a good save. Worked hard, but needed to help midfield more.
Okubo – 4. Playing the top of the table, and his old team, and still not able to raise his game. Has had a spell back in the first team, but should now be dropped again.
Hideya – 7. On for Okubo at half time. Much better up front and hurried their defence. Would have been interesting to see him earlier when they were playing 2 defenders at times.
Yusuke – 6. On for Kudo. Playing with his head up a little more. Not as good defensively as Kudo, but is offering much more in attack and energy.
Miyaji – 6. On for Nagira. Caught out a couple of time, but made some great tackles. Should have been on from the start.
Shinoda – 5. Was up against tough opposition, but knew that before the game. Should have played a more defensive line-up, knowing that most of the play was going to go through Leandro.
Must drop Jumbo for the coming games.