Fagiano Okayama 2 : 1 Avispa Fukuoka
I missed the start of this match, but checked the team line-up driving back to see that (as expected) it was the same failed players, and failed formation which I’ve been wasting my weekends watching all season.
I guess that Maeda is going to stick to his team, whether because he is too stubborn to see it doesn’t work, or just can’t be bothered to think of anything else to do.
Certainly lots of the players didn’t look like they cared and many of the travelling away fans were using more energy on the side with their banner telling the team to stop messing the fans and support around.
By arriving about 20 minutes late I came in to find that we were already 1-0 down to a goal in the 3rd minute.
How many times have we conceded in the first 5 minutes this season? Seeing the highlights at half-time it was a cross sent into the middle where our terrible central defence (how can Kobara still be getting a game?) were hopeless and allowed Kawamata to score.
Starting to watch the match at 20 minutes the first thing I saw was Koga passing around the defence to Kobara, who played a crazy ball to Sueyoshi being closed down with the Fagiano attack able to then run at the defence from within our own half.
With time and space to pick out Kawamata the score was doubled.
How on Earth can the team still think it is a good idea to pass slowly around the defence before passing to Suzuki or Sueyoshi about 5m in front of them is crazy. How Kobara can be allowed to pass the ball ever is crazy. I can think of at least 8 goals this season which have been directly caused by Kobara trying to pass the ball and giving it straight to the opposition to run and score. He then sits on the floor and the camera manages to zoom in on him with an expression which seems to say ‘Ohh, it’s happened again’.
I may have well switched off then, a minute after starting to watch. We were lucky to not be 4-0 down at half-time after giving the ball direct to Fagiano about 3 more times.
Faginao were creating nothing of their own, but were able to just sit in midfield and wait for us to pass it around so slowly that they would get the ball just outside the penalty area eventually.
Things changed at half-time with Jogo being pushed up as striker (basically exactly how they ended last season, we’re going back in time now) in place of Sakata. Ishizu came on in his place and was at least running around a little bit.
I would love to see some stats on how far Sueyoshi runs in a game. Someone in his position should be looking at 10km as a bench-mark, I doubt he does more than 2km, and doesn’t seem to be able to do anything apart run back to 5m away from Kobara and ask for the ball when he has players closer to him than the defence.
He reminds me of when I watch primary children play football, and they run towards the ball and ask for it; always want to take set-pieces and throw-ins, without ever actually doing a little bit of running to get the ball themselves. Do some work Sueyoshi. Maybe in 10 years after you have proven yourself to have a little bit of skill you can start asking for the ball, until then try to show you deserve to be called a professional footballer.
With Ishizu doing some work and closing down Fagiano the ball did break for Avispa, ironically enough to Sueyoshi, who showed that if he could add some work to his game does have the ability to pick a pass and slid a ball through to Jogo who smashed a shot into the top corner at the near post.
I’d think a keeper should save most things at his near post, but it was absolutely smashed.
That was as good as it got for Avispa, I was drifting of to sleep towards the end of the game as there was no way we were going to score, and even if we did it would still be a draw with a bunch of players who don’t care.