Avispa 1 : 1 Machida Zelvia
The SVOLME derby came to Avispa, and it would be interesting to see which club is feeling the curse of svolme the most.
From their very short history of sponsoring clubs svolme have seen a club get relegated from J1 after losing their first 14 games, may now sponsor the first club to get relegated from J2, and in Avispa this year have a club suffering their worst ever season after starting the season very hopeful of promotion.
Avispa had 2 changes to their starting XI from the Tokyo game with Omata coming in for suspended Minje (and playing well on return from injury), and Naruoka adding some creativity on the left with Sakata moved up to striker and Yutaka dropping to the bench.
Naruoka coming into the team had a good result too as he made a little space on the left and headed towards the box, floating a cross at Jogo on the far post to head back across goal for Osmar to bundle home from a metre.
It was a well worked goal, and one which Naruoka can probably take most credit for.
Avispa looked very comfortable, with Tsutsumi again adding some muscle to midfield and Osmar looking lively up front.
Osmar had a chance to score again after pouncing on a mistake to run free on goal, but then drag his shot wide of the far post. As well as he has done since coming in, he has had several one-on-one chances now, and is yet to score a goal with anything apart from headers.
I was thinking we may well get a big score-line, but the team seemed to get nervous, or tired, and the 2 wingers had enough tricks to cause problems and make Avispa get deeper and deeper.
Our defence is terrible and we can’t invite any team to come and attack us, even if they are bottom of the league.
Sure enough after letting Machida play higher up the pitch the defence was caught out by a diagonal ball into the right side of the box where the hapless Wada couldn’t get near #10 (Dimic) who finished well across goal.
When Avispa concede that is pretty much us finished, and we went on to be the 2nd best team in the 2nd half.
I was surprised that the bald striker didn’t start the game for Machida, and he came on before half-time. As in the away game he caused all sorts of problems for the defence, bullying players 10cm taller than him at times.
The 2nd half was very dull, and when Avispa needed to change things they brought on Yutaka and Sueyoshi, 2 players who haven’t looked like doing anything this season, and don’t seem to mind.
I ended up getting really drunk on super-strength chu-hi to try and forget that we were having trouble beating the worst team in the whole J-League, but do remember that we nearly conceded as a pass back to Kawata in goal was toatlly missed as he did an air shot and had to rush back to stop an embarrassing losing goal.
We drew 1-1 with Machida, who weren’t awful, but seemed to be just like Avispa. Somebody somewhere has run a coaching seminar where they have taught coaches (those sponsored by svolme at least) to play a patient passing game, with no real attacking threat in the hope that the opposition team suddenly leaves a big space in defence to pass into.
Unfortunately for both these teams they are finding you need to have a better plan than hoping that the other team will get out of shape for you.