“We prepared well for today’s match in good mood. And though Kenyu (Sugimoto) had injured soon after the kick-off and made us in tough situation, the substitute Toshi (Toshiyuki Takagi) did a great job. There were many good scenes he created. The team had a steady defence but the moment they lost the goal was a regrettable moment. However, the lads never gave up until the end and kept trying, and that gave us today’s result. We must consider well about this 1 additional point, and must become a team who can finish at the chances when it comes. It’s not only the forwards but the defenders too, all the players have to concentrate on that. It was very regrettable that we couldn’t meet our supporters’ demand, despite the effort they made for us by coming over all the way for the long distance, but we will prepare well and face the future matches one by one with high concentration.”
“We challenged, tried to score goals and made some chances, but could not finish off. However, that is the soccer’s about, and the game like that happens. We lost the opening goal to the opponent when we were trying our best to score and win, but never gave up to fight, and that brought us to draw. Today, I think we showed the great sprits.”
Q: At the moment you scored the goal to draw, did you know the circumstances?
“No (laughter), all of sudden the ball came, and I struck it with my eyes closed.”
Q: You finished the ball that was rebound of the shoot made by Kim Jin-hyeon.
“Oh, then it was his assist then (laughter). I’m so grateful the ball came to me, because of him.”
Q: It’s so different that if you finish with the 0 point or get the 1 point, isn’t it?
“That’s right. The opponent was the team who run with hard work and fight. So I’m glad to get the 1 point from the opponent like that at their home.”
Q: Wasn’t it a big upset the Kenyu Sugimoto’s injury for the team?
“We had to shift the way we play, so we struggle a bit for the action. However, we have many good players in our team. Like Kazuya (Yamamura), he can be a CB as well as FW. He can adapt swiftly at the situation like this. Also, Toshi (Toshiyuki Takagi) covered it immediately. Regarding the quality of players, we possess so many good players.”
■ Kim Jin-hyeon
Q: The shoot you made by going up, resulted the draw goal by Souza. What were you thinking when you went up?
“It was my fault that we couldn’t earn the 3 winning point at the last match, so I faced today’s match with eager to get the 3 winning point. The opponent created some chances in the 1st half but we defended well in the 2nd half with hardly any chances. But we lost a goal in that circumstances, and I felt it would be only regret if we lost the match, so I went up to aim at least the draw. I am glad that resulted the draw at the end.”