Some big scores from a team which didn’t notably didn’t include the big 3 (Daiki, Jogo, Nakamachi) in the starting line-up.
Kamiyama – 8 Made one great save as he clawed a header off the line, and dealt with everything else calmly. Probably done enough to earn a new contract as #1.
Kim – 7 Caught out of position a couple of times, but that will always happen with a defender who overlaps the winger all game.
Tatsunori – 7 Captain for the day he put in a good performance. Stronger in defence than Yusuke.
Yamaguchi – 8 As a last ditch defender he throws himself in front of balls, and commits himself well. Needs help with distribution, but that isn’t really his job.
Kobara – 8 Kept a clean sheet in a makeshift defence against battling strikers. Saw and picked out Ushinohama’s run for the fifth goal.
Suzuki Jun – 8 Tackled well in midfield at times, and more importantly broke into the box in attack. Got his first J1 goal and will hopefully grow in confidence from it.
Sueyoshi – 8 Also got an assist, and helped run midfield as part of a young pair. I still want to see him tackling harder.
Naruoka – 7 His best performance as a winger, but he clearly doesn’t want to be out there. Drifted inside and helped stretch the defence.
Hideya – 7 Held the ball up really well at times. Showed that he can be effective with his back to goal and bring others in. Still think he could work harder.
Matsuura – 9 Put himself in the window for a decent contract somewhere. Dynamic performance as he got the better of his full-back, was directly involved in the 1st goal, and scored Goal of the Season for the 2nd. Love his enthusiasm, but needs to collect a few fouls to be a top player unfortunately.
Yutaka – 8 Linked play very well, and scored a great goal, but I think it is a little short-sighted to be bringing him in now. Will he be here next year?
Nakamachi – 6 Came on in the 2nd half and did OK, but I was thinking he might be able to show something special against a stretched demoralised team.
Shigematsu – 7 Hungry for goals when he came on he wanted to take free-kicks, and forced a mistake for the 4th goal.
Ushinohama – 9 I’ve been calling out for some youngsters to be given games and this is what happens. Tenacious in defence he took his first goal intelligently, and showed sublime touch to get a second. The experience he got today was invaluable, I just wish others had the same chance.
Asano – 9 5 – 0 win away from home with some youngsters playing and a new defensive partnership, can’t really complain about that. Has done ok since starting, but it seems as soon as thing are looking brighter he is going to leave.