Sunday, February 8, 2015

Recap and Midweek Schedule Feb 10th

UK guys get a bit more footy midweek.

DayTime (ET)PlayerClubOpponentTV
Tuesday2:45 PMYun Suk YoungQPR@SunderlandNBC Extra Time
Wednesday2:45 PMKim Bo KyungWigan@NottinghamNone
Wednesday3:00 PMLee Chung YongCrystal PalaceNewcastleNBC Extra Time
Wednesday3:00 PMKi Sung YuengSwansea@West BromNBC Extra Time
Offn/aHong Jeong HoAugsburg
Offn/aJi Dong WonAugsburg
Offn/aSon Heung MinBayer Leverkusen
Offn/aKim Jin SuHoffenheim
Offn/aKoo Ja CheolMainz
Offn/aPark Joo HoMainz
Offn/aSuk Hyun JunVitoria Setubal

Yun didn't even make the squad last weekend.  With injury to Dunne he probably will make the bench but uncertain if he will start with caretaker manager.

Kim Bo Kyung played a half and ran hard for it all, and didn't look toooo rusty for having not played in quite some time.  He shot an overhead kick that just missed the net.  Was it fatigue that had him come off or was the rust in his play too much for Mackay?  He should make the squad and may even start depending on the answer.

Lee Chung Yong will be out a bit more with his leg injury.  Fortunately, Crystal Palace is doing won and move a bit further away from the relegation zone.

Ki Sung Yueng had the leveling goal and almost had another that appeared to me to be just offside.  Ki took a bit to assert himself but once he did, he was very controlling, working the entire pitch both with his passes and his runs.  Not sure of his energy levels but with weekend off, he should start.

Hong Jeong Ho remained out with injury.

Ji Dong Won had a pretty good match... except for two moments where a good portion of blame for the draw could be placed at his feet.  He was really very assertive in the air, winning lots of headers and facilitating much of the offensive transition.  He was also in the right space much of the match even if his teammates didn't pass to him for what woulda been easy goals.  But first at the end of the half, he (wrongly IMO) got called for a soft foul as he shielded attacker away from ball as it headed out of bounds.  Then his man muscled past him on subsequent set piece for the first goal.  And then at the end he was given the ball in the box with a nice pass but took a rough first touch and lost possession soon after and ruined what was the best non-scoring opportunity in the match.

Son Heung Min was forced on due to injury to Calhanoglu at halftime and immediately had an impact.  He looked a bit hesitant at times and perhaps should have allowed himself a few more forward runs than the role calls for but he also had a number of nice passes and pushed the attack up a gear.

Kim Jin Su I only saw a portion of the match when they were behind and he was pushing forward as usual with some good running and passing.  But watching replay, he was caught too far forward for what would be Wolfsburg's third goal.

Koo stayed on the bench.  With some time to heal, perhaps he is nearing his on pitch return.

Park Joo Ho returns this week to training.

Suk Hyun Jun started and played 90.