Not a bad performance, but lacking a threat on the opposition goal which ended up being punished.
Kamiyama – 7 Did little wrong and didn’t have much chance on the goal. Tried to get some more energy by shouting quite a lot.
Kim – 7 Provided the assist really well for the goal, and was solid in defence. Marked down for the red card, but it wasn’t deserved.
Wada – 6 Playing at home against one of the ‘weaker’ teams I’d have liked to see Oh playing, but Wada came in and looked generally OK.
Kobara – 4 Has lost it. Can’t handle the pressure of being the senior defender. Turned on the crowd when someone shouted that he was doing really badly.
Hatamoto – 7 Bounced back from his bad showing at Ehime and was overall our best defender. Should stay in the team ahead of Kobara if Koga comes in.
Naruoka – 6 trying to do too much with the ball. Mito showed that keeping things simple is often the best strategy. Helpful in defence.
Sueyoshi – 6 Was trying hard, and looks a much better player when he is tackling hard. Has never been sent-off, and only got yellows for shirt pulling and obstruction, needs to start biting.
Suzuki – 6Looked a little rusty from being out of the team, but was at least trying to play forward balls. Would appreciate a 3rd midfielder to allow him to push up.
Jogo – 6 Good in possession and does help in defence, but goes missing for large parts of the game when it is him and Naruoka who need to make things happen.
Yutaka – 5 His chance to show he has to be in the team and Captain, but he didn’t really take it with the Mito defence easily handling him.
Sakata – 7 Has to kepp his head up. Our recent run of poor form has been nothing to do with him, and while we are mid-table he is 2nd in the top scorers for the division.
Okada – 4 For someone who is dropping down a division I’d expect him to run the midfield, but he seems to chase the game a lot of the time.
Nishida – 5 His debut for a new club, we needed a goal which would have made him an instant hero. Didn’t look like he was that eager to me, and on this showing I’d sooner have Ishizu on the bench.
Maeda – 6 The team was OK, they were playing OK, but we need to start looking like a threat. At the moment I can’t see where the goals are coming from. When the ball gets into the box we score, but it so rarely gets into the box. Stronger midfield, probably with an extra man (433) is needed.
Can’t find the Mito goal, the game wasn’t even shown on TV, but here is Sakata’s opener.