Vissel Kobe 3-1 S-Pulse
Pedro 11, 58 -------------------------- Novakovic 69
Kobe Universiade Memorial Stadium, Kobe
DF Miura G
MF Takagi T
MF Lee Ki-Je
Ishige on for Takagi T (HT)
Mizutani (81) on for Honda (HT)
Murata on for Bueno (66)
Another Saturday, another handful of goals for the opposition and no points for us. This new appointment really isn't going very well so far, is it? Since the new boss's first game away at Tokyo, we've conceded a total of 19 goals. That's almost half our entire season's amount in seven games. We welcome 4th top scorer's Gamba Osaka to Nihondaira on Tuesday, the team who put four past us before the World Cup, so brace yourselves!
Taking over with two thirds of the season gone, Oenoki never had the luxury of a substantial transition period. Five defeats out of seven is poor, but most worrying is the number of goals we're leaking. Yes, we've been without Jong a Pin and Jakovic, but are we really that one dimensional? Of course not, but it's getting harder to ignore the fast accumulating pile of negative stats.
Two points off the relegation zone, but one defeat from 17th. 10 games to go. Safe to say any transitional period has expired. We're not a bottom half team. Time for Oenoki to start delivering.
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