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The Far East Express - Full Steam Ahead!

Updated: Sep 10, 2021

CHOO CHOO - we have an episode of non stop action as we cover May, June and July of this massive season for Cha Bum-Kun and Gangwon FC.


When we left The Express last time out we had enjoyed a strong start to the season and we were sitting a point behind leaders Daegu having played a game more.


Lets get into the action to see if we can keep that good start going.


May 2030


Match 13 - Bucheon 1995 (A) 2-0


We start the episode with an expected win against bottom of the league. Park Sang-Jun grabbed a brace within two minutes of each other to add to his strong goal return and to our points tally.


Match 14 - Ansan (H) 1-1


The points were shared in this promotion place battle. We had looked to have secured all three points with Hwang Kim's 70th minute goal however we couldn't hold on and Ansan scored with the last kick of the game to nick a point.


Match 15 - Daegu (A) 0-1


This was a real top of the table 6 pointer which will have massive ramifications for our seasons expectations.


We were nervous and conceded early which was a real blow. We pushed hard for the rest of the game but the front two had a poor game and although chances were created we couldn't put them away.


This result has lost us ground on the leading pair.


Match 16 - Seoul E-Land (H) 0-0


Another blank from the attack, we again created the best chances but were able to convert any of them. A really disappointing result.


Match 17 - Suwon FC (A) 2-0


It looked like we would be firing another blank after a goalless first half. The team received what has become a renowned Cha Bum half time hair dryer.


It worked as we put huge pressure on in the second half and eventually broke our mini scoring drought as Park Sang-Jun grabbed 2 goals in 10 minutes to seal the win.

Defensively we've looked fantastic only conceding twice in the season but sadly we've been lacking up top, costing us at least 7 points.


We received our youth intake preview at the end of May. It looks like there may be a couple of players to keep and eye on. I am especially excited to see how the goalkeeper turns out.


June 2030


Only 2 games in June as we also have the transfer window to navigate.


Match 18 - Gwangju (A) 1-0


A measure of revenge was required as we came up against one of our rivals, Gwangju. The last time we played we were being knocked out of the cup and it was nice to reverse that result as Park Sang-Jun netted the only goal of the game in the first half.


Match 19 - Anyang (A) 0-1


Anyang have been hovering outside of the playoffs all season but they've put a decent run of results together and with this win they are right into the promotion mix .


Another game where we failed to make out chances pay.

Only two results to talk about, one good one bad. We need to get the consistency from the start of the season back ASAP.

Transfers


With the clubs perilous financial position there was nothing in the budget to add to the squad, we did however see a player depart.

Huda was mainly a squad player operating on the Right wing. We couldn't offer him the playing time he wanted and the offer of 86k was too good to turn down.


July 2030


Match 20 - Asan FC (H) 1-1


Our first of four games this month was against midtable Asan FC and a disappointing result especially as we are still in the hunt for promotion. Cho Sang-Hoon with the goal from the penalty spot in the 52nd minute.


Match 21 - Daejeon (A) 1-1


We faced off against another midtable team in Deajeon FC next and sadly it was the same story as we dropped 2 vital points. Our old winger Huda scored within 10 minutes, Park Sang-Jun with the equaliser before half time.


Match 22 - Bucheon 1995 (H) 1-1


I was upset about the last two results but this one I was angry with. We dropped 2 more points to rock bottom Bucheon 1995 as Hwang Kim rescued even further embarrassment with a 82nd minute equaliser.


Match 23 - Ansan (A) 1-0


The extra training and the warnings of performances payed off as we finally secured a victory. It took until the 91st minute but it was deserved and puts us right back in the playoff hunt.


Hell of a high to end the football coverage on.


Table

Those three draws have dragged us back to the pack with Gwangju knocking us down to third. Daegu stretched their lead to 8 points above us with a game in hand.


One last bit to cover is the finances, with the board feeling it suitable to take out another loan.

That's 3 individual loans with an original debt of £18 million. This loan has put us in the black for the first time this season.


I fear the board has added extra pressure to gain promotion back into the top flight as the club will need that extra income.


Catch up with us next time for the conclusion to the season.


Cheers


Panda


If you have enjoyed this episode and want to read or main save as we embark on a Wycombe Wanderers Journey you can start way back at the beginning here -



We also have an fascinating International save going as we attempt to take Jamaica to Gold Cup and World Cup glory after acquiring some new recruits who have been ignored repeatedly by England


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