Another win, so probably above average ratings for this season from today.
Rokutan – 7 Made one really good and important save in the first half to deny Rafael after he had burst into the box. Him keeping a clean sheet was probably as much to do with Rafael’s poor finishing as his good keeping. Will stay as first choice.
Wada – 7 Still breaking forward whenever he can, and is over-lapping Matsuura well. decent at crossing, but not massively threatening.
Tatsunori – 7 Playing his 200th game, and all-round good servant to the club. Pulling his weight and helps the team fight as a whole with his energy.
Daiki – 6 Not great, but kept a clean sheet so did well enough. Not the stand-out player he can sometimes be.
Kobara – 6 Playing on a similar level to Daiki which is a pretty good achievement. Not stopping all chances, but it is unrealistic to expect him to having stepped up already from Ehime.
Sueyoshi – 6 Back in the central 2 from last year he looked a lot more comfortable than he has. I still want to see more running and hard tackles from him. Suzuki Jun is an able replacement if he gets suspended again. At the moment I think he is more likely to get booked for blocking or time-wasting than for giving someone a good kick.
Nakamachi – 8 Still not match fit, but drove the team and filled the big space which has been on the pitch for many games this season. Has a directness which brings another attacker into the box, while also tackling and having the class to work with Naruoka and Jogo. Very important to stay fit.
Yusuke – 7 Helping out in defence well. Used his pace on a couple of occasions, I’d still like to see him bombing on at every chance because he won’t be caught.
Naruoka – 7 Scored a really classy goal, and he will score more in his career, but needs to be alongside a real out-and-out goal-scorer who gives him the runs to pick out. Him and Jogo doesn’t have enough goals.
Matsuura – 6 Was urging him to turn his defender and run for a ball over the top but he is insistent on getting the ball with his back to goal and looking for Wada or Naruoka to run past. I like him away, but at home would like Hideya to start.
Jogo – 6 Some good running today, but never really looked like scoring. Tries a few cute little things which look fantastic when they work out, but we are bottom of the table and need grit. There are rumours we are getting a foreign striker in the summer, if we do then Jogo may be behind Naruoka to partner him at the moment.
Suzuki Jun – 6 Came on, did fine, nothing special.
Shigematsu – 6 Would have liked to see him come on earlier as a defensive substitution. A more attack minded player than Jogo, but his energy breaks up opponent moves before they start.
Hideya – 6 Had a good chance to score a really nice goal on the volley but snatched at it a bit.
Shinoda – 7 Found a winning team, and to be fair to him it is the first time in a while he can play close to his first team. Not sure what is going on with Matsuuda and Hideya; having scored 2 goals after coming on last week I think Hideya is entitled to think he should get a chance, but possibly Matsuuda/Jubilo have been tempted by the loan on the promise of a first team role.