Kamiyama – 5 Didn’t make a save all game. Didn’t look very solid when punching a couple of crosses, and his kicking has gone bad. Will say he was unsighted by the wall for the free-kick, but there can’t have been many in the stadium who didn’t know where Omae was going to try and put it.
Kim Min Je – 7 Probably Avispa’s best player again. The main attacking threat coming from left-back and put in a couple of good crosses having got an overlap.
Tatsunori – 7 Also solid at the back and trying to get forward. Could have score a goal after a ball was allowed to bounce in the area but his looping poked finish went just wide.
Daiki – 6 Would have got a 7 as he looked ok for the most part, and was getting the better of the Shimizu strikers, but then gave away the stupid free-kick which lost the game.
Yamaguchi – 6 Not as bad as I feared he might be, but was giving away a free-kick every time the ball was knocked long to the Shimizu #19 Takahara.
Sueyoshi – 5 Absent for long parts of the game. Playing on top we needed someone to offer something going forward, and if he is staying back needs to put his stamp on the game. Played at friendly pace at times.
Nakamachi – 7 Was trying to hold things together in the middle, and was probably the best midfielder for either team on the day, but also guilty of giving the ball away at times. Nearly scored with the short corner routine.
Yusuke – 5 Missed his chance to make himself the first choice for right wing. Seems to have put on some weight and lost a yard of pace. Should have done better with best chance of the game.
Matsuura – 6 Difficult conditions for a technical player, but didn’t manage to beat his man through other means. Linked well with Kim Min Je and put in a couple of crosses which someone should have been on the end of.
Hideya – 6 Playing in another new position behind Jogo. I don’t know what he feels is his best position but if he wants to play central he needs to be breaking into the box more. Managed it a couple of times, and was the only player I could imagine scoring at times.
Jogo – 6 Had a few efforts on goal, 2 off target from his head and 1 on target with a shot from outside the box. 3 for the match; same old story. Didn’t play badly but shouldn’t be being asked to lead the line.
Shigematsu – 6 did very little after he came on, nothing to show he should be starting against Kashiwa.
Suzuki – 5 Came on with 5 minutes to play and gave the ball away immediately. Nothing else of note.
Yutaka – 5 Unlucky not to be playing after good performances during the break, but looked ineffective when on. Caught offside a couple of times in a manner which belies the fact he has been playing as a striker for over a decade.
Shinoda – 5 The team should have won from their first 65 minutes, but from then on it seemed obvious they wouldn’t. the substitutions did nothing. Having had a month of watching some of the younger players do better than the older ones why didn’t they play? Similar to the match against Roasso last season, why was the team playing short balls out of defence in the middle of a storm?