Monday, September 21, 2015

Weekend Recap - Sept 18th

Reminder that there's midweek action for many of the guys.

Kim Jin Su -- A rough outing for him.  Not that he played that badly but two of the three goals allowed were from his man, one coming from an unlucky bounce from a good block of a pass which landed right at Malli's feet, and the other coming from a brilliant shot from Malli as he cut in on KJS (who was peeling off to cover overlapping attacker) and curled it in from outside the box.  Hopefully not too damaging from a confidence level as he was taken off for a striker and certainly hoping for better things from him and club going forward, though Dortmund midweek isn't an appealing matchup.

Suk Hyun Jun -- An assist for Suk as he helped Vitoria earn a draw.  Suk played the full 90.  Didn't get to watch this one.

Ki Sung Yueng -- Was on the bench due to his recent travels to see his newborn baby.  Ki came on at 60 minutes to replace Sigurdsson at the "10" spot before moving back to DM pair later in the match.  Ki had some very nice touches on both ends of the pitch, but Swansea still struggled for great offensive chances in the draw and Ki had a hard time getting on the same page as Montero.  Ki had a half chance go by in the final seconds as he tried a volley in the box with traffic but only managed to steer the ball over the net.

Hong Jeong Ho -- Was a clean enough performance from HJH as Augsburg picked up a big win even if their opponents didn't put up too much of a fight.  Played 90 and Wienzierl even got some super defensive practice in at the end with JICB coming on as a third CH.

Koo Ja Cheol -- Played 90 as the deeper of the two CAMs, sometimes looking even as  deep as a DM.  Koo had some great moments and a good header just saved by the GK.  Koo's battling style seems to be helping Augsburg win the battle in the middle compared to even many times last year where they would have a hard time connecting defense and attack.  On the other hand, Koo is still learning this role and showed a bit of hesitation to exploit some large gaps for runs.

Ji Dong Won -- Came on just shy on 70 and again helped to provide both fresh legs and some good width for Augsburg playing as a LM.  He had some good runs where a better pass may have given him a chance to score, but Augsburg as a whole didn't have too many offensive opportunities by the time he came on.  His promising form continues; goals and assists can't be too far off now.

Son Heung Min -- The confidence gained from midweek EL goals were visible all through the match, as he showed his better qualities that come out when he's playing in form.  He beat a number of Crystal Palace defenders with both pace and dribbling, and had some really beautiful passes to help the Tottenham attack push forward.  And of course, he came through with the winning goal, latching onto a good pass from Eriksen and firing a hard shot between GK's legs.  His positive runs of form tend to feed into a cycle of greater and greater accomplishments and Son will be looking to add to his hot start.

Ryu Seung Woo -- Didn't make the squad.

Park Joo Ho -- Was an unused sub on the bench.

Lee Chung Yong -- An unused sub on the bench and he'll be looking for midweek Cup action.

Yun Suk Young -- Still out injured.