GK 30 Kenta TOKUSHIGE
DF 4 Kunie KITAMOTO, 15 EMERSON THOME, 32 Masaki YANAGAWA, 3 Shusuke TSUBOUCHI
MF 16 Tomoaki KOMORIDA,10 HORVY,8 Keisuke KURIHARA
FW 7 PARK Kang Jo,11 Hiroto MOGI,17 Atsuhiro MIURA
SUBS (78 min 22 Kazutaka MURASE), (89 min 18 Hideo TANAKA)
TOKYO VERDY 1969
GK 21 TAKAGI DF 2 HAGIMURA, 3 FUJITA, 4 TOGAWA 27 AOBA MF 7 OHASHI, 10 ANAILSON, 11 ONO, 23NEJIME FW 9 BASILIO, 16 IIO
BENCH 1 MIZUHARA, 8 NAGAI (84 Fujita), 15 KANAZAWA, 20 HIROYAMA (67 Ohashi), 39 SAITO (70 Iio)
The first half was a quick kick to the teeth (sorry,Horvy!) as MF Keisuke Kurihara struck early to put the home squad up 1-0. Basilio managed to get the team level near the end of the half.
The second half started much like the first with our guest of honor putting the home squad up again for a 2-1 lead. Finally, Shingo Nejime got carded, giving Vissel a penalty shot near the end of the game............That's right, Horvy stepped up and put it in.
HORVY IS HAPPY! I however am not.
The combination of Iio and Saito managed 0 shots on goal in the game. Didn't see the game and I can't be really too hard on Saito, because he was only in for 20 minutes but when you play 70 minutes as a striker and don't get a shot, you're not doing your job. 11 shots and Iio didn't get one. I'm not sure if it was a problem with the midfield not getting him the ball or him not being aggressive but it's pretty disappointing. Judging by the stats, it looks like the team was game but just didn't come out ready to start either half. This happened in the Thespa game as well, with them letting up 2 early goals in the second half. For the second game in a row, Takagi and the back 4 were victimized for 3 goals. That gives Takagi a whopping 1.80 GAA, putting him just ahead of Takagi of Thespa. Compare that with 0.3 GAA posted by Vegalta (and former Verdy keeper) Daijiro Takakuwa or Yokohama FC keeper Takanori Sugeno. That's a reflection on the whole D unit and the midfield, not just Takagi (or Mizuhara).
The good news is that Basilio and Hiramoto are 1 and 2 in goals scored. So that is nice. I think the constant changes (while it's good to see new blood) are messing up the team execution. I'll look it up but I don't think the same team has started twice yet this year. Nurishi last week, Nejime this week........Kuba, RICKHIKI, Tsurumaki, one of the other ONO's?
Live by the score, die by the score................never boring on planet Verdy.
Anyhow, if the season were to end today.....I'd have to prepare stories about Takuya Yamada leading Cerezo Osaka against his old team in the second year of J2. Verdy is in 4th.
Anyhow Consadole Sapporo on the 29th at Nishigaoka.....If anyone saw the Sendai or Vissel slaughters, please drop me a line! and if you know how the hell to get to Nishigaoka (what train, what line, what station.......) please let me know!