Monday, April 27, 2015

Weekend Recap

A bit of a mixed weekend with Lee Chung Yong making his Crystal Palace first team debut but lots of bench for the players.


Koo Ja Cheol fought hard and pressed very well, but did little on the offensive end.  Most particularly he had a chance to ice the game with an open goal to shoot at but only found the crossbar.  But it was a big win against a tough opponent.

Park Joo Ho was excellent this weekend.  Some really great plays both defensively like when stopped attackers cold more than a few times, and on the buildup as well.  Really classy performance.

Hong Jeong Ho played 90 in a poor Augsburg performance.  Hong Jeong Ho wasn't at fault for the goals but he didn't really have many good plays either.  And he missed the goal from a set piece despite having an open header.

Ji Dong Won came on as a sub and played lots of different roles but only had a modest impact.  Most memorably he had a good run and cross, but Augsburg problem was mostly in the middle of the pitch where he could do little.

Son Heung Min played 60 minutes and had some really nice dribbles but was a bit out of place trying to crack a stubborn Koln defense.  He had a hard time making room for his shots and wasn't creative enough in the tight spaces that was needed.

Kim Jin Su was an unused sub as he has struggled to get back on form.

Lee Chung Yong finally made his EPL debut.  He had a great moment where he ran around a pair of defenders and threaded a nearly inch perfect through ball.  But the biggest impact was his mistake, when he misplaced a pass in the center of the pitch which was brought back for a goal.  He looked a bit tentative and some may be chalked up to a slightly more central role, but he should still take confidence in his first minutes back in the PL and after a long injury layoff.

Yun Suk Young came on around 60' but didn't really have the impact going forward that one would hope for when subbed in though he seemed far tidier in defense than he had been.

Ki Sung Yueng found himself on the bench for the first time in a while, and looked far more determined to impress when he did come on when Montero pulled up with an injury.  He found sharpness in his dribbles and passes and looked like the player he was before he started to run out of gas a few weeks ago.

Kim Bo Kyung played 90 minutes in a loss that most likely crushed their slim chance of survival.

Suk Hyun Jun started and played 90 in a scoreless draw.