Monday, 23 February 2009

Tochigi Friendly - Agent Orange Writes

4 x 35mins friendly, Omiya Park, 21 Feb 09

Omiya Ardija 3-3 Tochigi SC

1-0 Fujita 19'
2-0 Tsukamoto 20'
3-0 Fujita 34'
3-1 Wakabayashi 53'
3-2 Matsuda 101'
3-3 Takayasu 127'

1st quarter

GK Ezumi
DF Tsukamoto
DF Tomita
DF Neretljak
DF Hato
MF Fujimoto
MF Kanazawa
MF Arai
MF Hashimoto
FW Ichikawa
FW Fujita

2nd quarter


GK Ezumi
DF Tsukamoto
DF Tomita
DF Neretljak
DF Hato
MF Fujimoto (Ishihara 46')
MF Kanazawa (Aoki 54')
MF Arai
MF Hashimoto
FW Ichikawa
FW Fujita

3rd quarter


GK Takagi
DF Murayama
DF Fukuda
DF Kataoka
DF Tokita
MF Ishihara (Ishikawa 86')
MF Uchida
MF Saito
MF Kawanabe
FW Watabe
FW Lavric

4th quarter

GK Kobayashi N (Shimizu 121')
DF Murayama
DF Fukuda
DF Kataoka
DF Tokita
MF Kuwata (Miyazaki 121')
MF Uchida
MF Saito
MF Kawanabe
FW Watabe
FW Lavric

Agent Orange was in attendance at the game and gives his views as follows:

Well, I saw Omiya version 2009 and some things really jumped out at me. I will rank them on a three-prong Japanese system - Yatta! means I like it, maamaa means it was just OK and hetakusoo means I hated it. Here goes...

Yatta!

Taishi Tsukamoto - Scored a nice goal in run of play out of nothing when he faked the defender, faked him again, and put in a clean shot from distance past Bob Marley for the goal. His cross for the third goal was pure class. Best player on the field and he had no breakdowns on defense either. I'm a fan.

Fujita - When you score two decent goals without having your eyes closed and have a third taken off the board for no apparent reason, you deserve to be called by only one name, like Pele... or Cher. Fujita impressed me because he was always in the right position to score. He actually wanted to score. No double-touching or hesitation (that first part is garbage, I'm too lazy to look up his name).

Chikara Fujimoto - His dummy fake led to the first goal and he was active for all forty-something minutes he was on. The team started breaking down once he came off.

Koji Ezumi - Stopped a point-blank shot from close range. Controlled the box and had no chance on the Manabu Wakabayashi golazo.

Ryohei Arai - The kid was very good out there... best central mid on the day. No panic and good decisions. The only problem was when he got lost on the Manabu goal.

Daisuke Tomita - Fast and active today. No mental mistakes. Solid.

The system - It was very fast and very aggressive, I like that. Somebody termed it long ball, but that's way too simplistic. I liken it to a run and gun offense where you get the ball and push it up. They used the sides a lot, not unlike under Yasuhiro Higuchi, but it was much faster paced. Free-kicks were much faster than last year. If guys are out there who can play one touch football, the system will work; if the more mature players revert back to slowdown ball, it will stink. We win when we get more shots than our opponents.

Maamaa

Mato Neretljak and Yasuhiro Hato - The pairing was alright on the side, but it looks like there are communication issues. The goal by Tochigi was based on a missed mark by Mato and Arai combined with Hato not being able to stop a dribble by Manabu Wakabayashi. Let me repeat, NOT BEING ABLE TO STOP A DRIBBLE BY MANABU WAKABAYASHI.

The big fella was decent and showed good speed and physicality. His clears and decisions were a bit scary though. If I had to say on one impression, I think he's a better defender and marker than Leandro but less skilled. His free kick was awful and he didn't push up into the offense at all.

Shunsuke Fukuda - Big physical kid, good marking and presence. Got lost on positioning and was out of place on one of the goals. He'll learn. He already looks better than Tatsuya Kawahara was at the end of last year.

Hetakusoo


Masahiko Ichikawa - He kind of reminded me of Kota Yoshihara when he gave up on runs in the box. You are this close to being a regular. Don't get complacent.

Guys out of position - I'm not gonna knock guys like Tomoya Uchida and Kohei Tokita for struggling in odd positions. It looked bad though and if they are gonna do it in real games they need to improve... a lot.

I don't think that will be the starting squad but it was a nice group. My guess is that there will be two more friendlies before the start of the season. 25th and 28th. There, called my shot!

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4 comments:

Omiya Fan,  23 February 2009 at 19:23  

I thought Fujita looked decent too.

The S-Pulse team might be;

Ezumi
Tsukamoto
Mato
Tomita
Hato
Chikara
Yoshiyuki
Kataoka (sadly)
Uchida
Fujita (shoe-in!)
Ichikawa/Lavric

Furtho 23 February 2009 at 21:55  

Things are really complicated by the injuries to Park and Yoshiyuki (I'm assuming that Yoshiyuki is injured, given the fact that he hasn't appeared since the Kobe game on 5th Feb). Denis to be honest I've more or less given up on.

Park's absence takes a lot of the competitiveness out of the back four and you have to expect that it'll be Tsuka, Tomidai, Mato and Hato. But elsewhere, it really depends on how much of a chance Jang is prepared to give kids like Arai and Ichikawa, bearing in mind that they've done well in pre-season. Klemen I can imagine missing out or being used as a sub; it would be great to see Fujita and Ichikawa starting.

SMB 23 February 2009 at 22:35  

He also could be looking at depth.

In the past, Jang has gone with you c-mids. Konno at FCT got his start under chang at Consadole and he went with some kids at Verdy.

I think we will have at least one more training match against a J2 side......my guess is Shonan on Saturday. They have a match against an unknown opponent in an unknown locale.

I think we'll see what we got then. I can't imagine Lavric not starting.......although who knows.

Furtho 23 February 2009 at 22:40  

I think there'll definitely be a game this weekend, sure. Reysol, maybe?

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