Ulsan Hyundai head coach Hong Myung-bo was pleased with his team’s defense-oriented tactics that earned them a point against the Pohang Steelers.
Ulsan, led by head coach Hong Myung-bo, played a goalless draw against Pohang in the 32nd round of the Hana One Q K League 2023 at the Pohang Steelyard at 2 p.m. on Tuesday. On the day, Ulsan and Pohang shared a point each, maintaining their pre-match gap of eight points.
“It was a difficult game in difficult conditions,” said Hong at the post-match press conference, “but the players showed great concentration until the end. One point is a very big point for us. It means more than one point,” he said, attaching great significance to the draw.
“I saw that it was not easy to stop Pohang’s attack in a four-back formation,” he said. “So far, Ulsan has been playing with the opponent down, so I think it’s okay to do that for one game. In an important game like today, it’s okay. It was important to hold on today,” he said, adding that the decision to play a defense-oriented tactic was the right one.
“Today was a game that showed the experience we had last year when we won the title. In the past, we might have conceded first and tried to play attacking soccer to make up for it, but now it’s all about results,” he said.
Hong was also pleased with how the defense overcame some serious lapses in the early stages of the game to keep a clean sheet. “If Lee Kyu-sung made one mistake and it led to a goal, it would have been difficult,” Hong said. After one such scene, your confidence drops, but we stayed confident and did what we had prepared. There were a few times in the second half. The three center backs marked really well,” he said, praising his defense. 메이저사이트