Avispa Fukuoka 1 : 0 Thespa Kusatsu
As summer starts the night games return, the first one being a mid-week match against Thespa, the team who are in a competition with Toyama and Ehime as the worst team I’ve seen so far this season.
I don’t know why but I thought we might get a return to the heady days of 2010 when there were a couple of blow-out results, the 5-0 against Mito and Toyama, and the 6 – 1 against Roasso.
I don’t know why I thought we would be able to suddenly start scoring, but I shouldn’t have done.
Only 2000 people turned up for the match, and they didn’t get a great reward for their commitment as the club still struggled to make threatening attacks.
No-one could say we aren’t putting out players who should be able to score. We had Sakata, Jogo, Kanemori, Ishizu all playing; all players who have played as a central striker, with Nishida and Osmar on the bench. The problem is that we don’t really ever get the ball in a position where these players can run at the box, and a couple of tame shots aside the Thespa keeper wasn’t really ever tested.
Fortunately for Avispa (although not the crowd) Thespa were equally ineffective at testing Kamiyama at the other end.
0-0 at half time it still seemed like Avispa would be able to keep controlling the game in the 2nd half and go on to get 2-3 goals.
This was reinforced within 2 minutes of the restart after very good work on the left wing saw Kanemori able to put a cross in, which ended up being recycled and crossed again where Jogo was able to use his under-rated aerial prowess to rise highest at the back post and force the ball in.
I thought the game would then open up, but Avispa didn’t really ever do much more and looked fairly happy to take a 1-0 win at times.
A bright note was that Kanakubo managed to come back on and get some minutes, but after a very bright start he did look off the pace a bit. The most could be said of this game is that it was deemed safe enough to throw on a guy who hasn’t played for 2 months and didn’t look 100% fit.
My Man of the Match – Ryuichi Kamiyama
Again kept a clean sheet, and did have some important saves to make to do so.