Incheon United is struggling to get out of the swamp of no win.
Incheon, led by coach Cho Seong-hwan, played a home game against Gwangju FC in the ‘Hanawon Q K League 1 2023’ at the Incheon Soccer Stadium on the 20th.
It was a messy situation both on and off the field. Incheon has not been able to win a single game since May. Suwon Samsung (0-1 loss)-Jeju United (0-2 loss)-Jeonbuk Hyundai (0-0 draw) only managed to get one point. Incheon remained in 10th place with 3 wins, 4 draws and 6 losses in 13 matches after the opening.스포츠토토
There was also noise outside the stadium. In the match against Jeonbuk on the 14th, hangings criticizing the current situation were hung all over the stands. After the match, some fans even got into an argument. During this process, it is known that someone threw a plastic bottle onto the ground. The club posted an official apology on the 18th. Violent parties decided to ban all matches in Incheon indefinitely. In the end, Director Joe stepped in. He held a meeting with fans on the afternoon of the 18th. Director Cho told fans at this meeting, ‘The players, coaching staff, and club are all aware of the current situation. It is known that he asked for it, saying, “I am trying to overcome it.
The home game against Gwangju was played in a messy situation. In the first match against Gwangju, Incheon lost 0-5. The start of the day was also not good. Eight minutes into the game, Gwangju Ahn Young-kyu scored the opening goal. Incheon launched a storm attack. Even Mpoku, who had returned from injury, was put in and launched an all-out offensive. Incheon tied the score in the 35th minute with Kwon Jin-jin’s picturesque mid-range shot. Incheon went on the attack, driving Gwangju. But no extra points were scored. The match ended in a 1-1 draw. Incheon (3 wins, 5 draws, 6 losses) maintained 10th place with 14 points.
Incheon received a lot of attention ahead of this season. Ahead of the 20th anniversary of the founding, we aimed for quantitative and qualitative development. The club opened a soccer center (clubhouse) in Yeonsu-gu, Incheon at the end of last year. In the winter transfer market, they recruited quality players one after another. They embraced ‘veteran midfielder’ Shin Jin-ho, ‘proven foreign player’ Jerso, and ‘European’ Mpoku. Active recruiting strengthened the player squad. However, when I opened the lid, it did not live up to my expectations.
The reason for the sluggishness cannot be explained by one thing. However, the biggest problem is the scoring ability. Incheon is struggling with an empty ball scoring just one goal in four matches played in May. On this day, he overwhelms the opponent with 14 shots (8 effective shots). But only one goal was scored. This is the reason why coach Cho said earlier, “The last detailed linkage and shooting timing did not match. I think I need to keep filling it up.” In Incheon, some of the strikers such as Mpoku, Kim Dae-jung and Cheon Seong-hoon have been unable to play due to injuries. On this day, Mpoku and Kim Dae-jung announced their return. Incheon will challenge Daegu FC for victory on the 27th.