Wednesday, 29 April 2009

Hasegawa Stars As Squirrels Slump Deepens

J1 Game 8/34, Wed 29 Apr 09

Omiya Ardija 0-3 Montedio Yamagata

0-1 Hasegawa 1'
0-2 Hasegawa 13'
0-3 Furuhashi 87'

GK Ezumi
DF Tsukamoto
DF Tomita (Fujita 76')
DF Neretljak
DF Park
MF Kataoka
MF Kobayashi Y
MF Fujimoto
MF Hashimoto (Uchida 66')
FW Ishihara (Watabe 82')
FW Denis Marques

Subs not used

GK Takagi
DF Murayama
DF Tokita
MF Saito
FW Fujita
FW Watabe


Y Denis Marques 53'
Y Uchida 87'



Michael 29 April 2009 at 16:34  

The next two games look(ed) very winnable.

Furtho 29 April 2009 at 17:29  

Have you by any chance found a violently unsuccessful Latvian team to follow, Michael?

Omiya Fan,  29 April 2009 at 21:02  

I toyed with going to the game today - very nice weather and I haven't been since the first game of the season but after watching it on the telly I think I made the right decision!

I've seen every league game this season (on the box) and I have generally been impressed with Chang Omiya - we are a much more attacking unit than the previous incarnations of Miura, Higuchi, Sakuma and dare I say it Uncle Bob.

But after a lifeless performance against Niigata we were probably even worse today against Yamagata. Fair play to them though - I would be absolutely amazed if they went down after almost everybody wrote them off before the season started. They have a good manager and look to be quite a slick and well-organised side headed by the dangerous Hasegawa - a big lad with pace who is also decent on the deck.

We did have a couple of goals disallowed (not sure if Denis was offside when he "scored" with his header though) but we were second best for most of the game. The Yamagata keeper made a couple of great saves too - one from a Hashimoto free-kick and another from a point-blank header from Fujita.

We put out a pretty strong line-up today with arguably our strongest defence but that area looks the weakest to me - Tomita is not what he was and our lack of nous in terms of positioning keeps getting punished.

Hope we get something at FC Tokyo on Saturday night. Will be interesting to see what changes Chang makes.

Michael 30 April 2009 at 06:46  

Three violently unsuccessful teams would be too much even for me, Mike. Besides, Latvian football makes Urawa Reds look like Brazil's 1970 World Cup winning team.

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