Seoul Eland head coach Park Chung-gyun shares his thoughts after the team lost to Gwangju on a theater goal by close junior Lee Jung-hyo.
Seoul Eland lost 0-1 to Gwangju FC in the round of 16 of the 2023 Hana OneQ FA Cup on Thursday at Mokdong Sports Complex, conceding a theater goal to Heo Yul.
After upsetting Suwon FC (K League 1) in the round of 32, Lee Land was knocked out of the FA Cup by a late goal in stoppage time.
At the post-match press conference, Park Chung-gyun said, 메이저사이트“I’m personally close to coach Lee Jung-hyo, and I think I gave him a boost because he was struggling in the league. Congratulations,” he said, adding, “We are now fully committed to the league.”
“Also, I’m glad we didn’t go into overtime today because the guys were struggling physically. I don’t have any complaints about the players. Hwang Jung-wook also played better than expected for his debut. We will quickly forget about it and prepare for the next match against Ansan.”
When asked about the disappointment of conceding the final goal in the last minute of the second half, he said, “I saw the goal. I expected Lee Sang-min to play the role of fore libero. I wanted a back three to defend and a midfielder to attack, but I think he was unfamiliar with the position because it was his first time. It’s unfortunate, but it’s an experience. Overall, I still think I did a good job.”
Despite the result, Coach Park said, “It’s unfortunate, but we wanted to play a game with no regrets. It’s unfortunate, but we did well in both defense and offense according to the concept we prepared.”
During the game, the team often played with a back five. “Gwangju is quick to switch from the back to the side,” said Park, who often uses a back four. When defending, I told Lee Sang-min to go down and form a back five, and when attacking, I told him to go back to his original position. In the second half, he went down because he wanted to be stable. I wanted him to go up when attacking, but I don’t think it worked out.”