“Coach Hong Myung-bo’s words at halftime boosted the players’ will.”
Ulsan Hyundai and Daejeon Hana Citizen drew 3-3 in the 15th round of the Hana OneQ K League 1 2023 at Munsoo World Cup Stadium in Ulsan at 7 p.m. on April 28. Ulsan remained in first place, while Daejeon remained in fifth. There were 17,251 spectators at the stadium.
It was Kim In-gyu who saved Ulsan from the brink of defeat. Ulsan took the lead when Kim Min-duk induced an own goal, but then gave up one to Leandro and two to Masa. After conceding three goals in the first half, Ulsan went on a one-sided offensive in the second half. With no goals in sight, they brought in Martin Adam to form a twin tower with In-Joo, and then pushed harder.
After colliding with an opponent’s shoulder in the first half and suffering a nosebleed, Lee In-jong-gyu played with the risk of injury. He had to swallow his disappointment when his assist on Martin Adam’s goal was disallowed due to offside. Inhabigyu opened the scoring in the 32nd minute of the first half to start the comeback, and then scored again in the 45th minute to make it 3-3.
The game ended in a draw, but it was great that the team managed to catch up with the sole leader. Named as the player of the match, Lee In-gyu appeared at the press conference and shared his impressions of the match and his coexistence with Martin Adam.
- On the match.
I thought it would be a tough game today, but I didn’t expect it to be this tough. It could have been different if the strikers had capitalized on their chances when the gap widened early on. I think we need to work on those things and reflect on them. We’ll use today’s game to improve next time.
- I played with an injury.
I’m fine now. At the time, it was really, really painful. But then I realized, “This is not the time for this,” and I got back into the game.
- What did the coach say at halftime?
“Are you going to give up? You have the strength to keep going,” he said. We were losing, but we didn’t give up, not the coach, not the players, not the fans. Everybody on the field was trying to make one more run. When the ball came out, they instinctively grabbed it and ran onto the field to get a quick start.
- It was a great effort. What did your teammates tell you?
I told them about my nose injury. “Go to the hospital,” they jokingly said. It’s not that bad. I’m fine. We didn’t win because of my fighting spirit, but coach Hong Myung-bo’s halftime shout was a big help. He emphasized that we shouldn’t give up and believe in our abilities. It really focused me and made me play harder.
- What do you think about Martin Adam’s coexistence?
Martin Adam’s strengths are obvious. 스포츠토토 We can synergize with my strengths. We didn’t play together for a long time, so we needed time to get to know each other. In the first half, I was really struggling, but then he came in and it got better. The defenses stuck to him and that gave me more chances.
If he hadn’t come in, I would have struggled. When he came in, it gave me a boost and I could lean on him.
- He’s tied for first in goals.
Before, I had the responsibility of scoring goals to win. When I came to Ulsan, we played as a team. I think someone can score a goal no matter what. There are a lot of chances and a lot of goals. I have a lot of chances, but the other players are capable of scoring as well. I feel really comfortable playing.