Monday 1 May 2023

Vs Avispa Fukuoka (away) 29/4/23 J League match 10

Avispa Fukuoka 1 - 3 Kawasaki Frontale

The main reason why this post is initially quite useless is the fact that as it’s golden week and we have away games on Saturday and Wednesday, we’ve decided to combine them both into one long trip, and therefore I don’t have access to my computer to do this properly. It will later become a bit less useless but still fairly useless as I didn’t take any notes in this game as it was absolutely pissing it down for the entire match. I’ll update the team line-up and goals part when I get home but probably won’t write any more than what you have here already. I would apologise but for some people it’s probably a relief.

So this match in brief. Same line up as last time, but noticeably different result. I felt like perhaps we’d finally given ourselves a boot up the backside and got ourselves into shape slightly. In spite of there being no running track at Avispa’s stadium, the behind the goal area is pretty flat and it’s not that easy to see what’s going on. Add to this the fact that the weather was so bad and you have a recipe for vagueness. However, of course I could see the myriad of mistakes that my most disliked ref of the season so far Yamamoto made. And you can’t miss him trying to draw attention to himself as it is extremely clear. It was a shame that it was Nara who scored the own goal for us. Would much rather it had been Grolli who I reckon could/should have been sent off for the second season in a row. It was referred to VAR and not given, but nowadays there’s no guarantee that something getting checked by VAR means that it will end up being in any way correct. Nobori ‘got goal’! It’s been a long time since that happened. Kashima away maybe if I remember correctly. Quite a few years ago though. It felt like we were in control of the game and making plenty of chances. The stats somewhat undermine that thought though, but we did win so I’m not going to moan too much. We did fail to keep a clean sheet again, but to be honest, who cares about that if we’ve won? Will this win spur us on in the next few matches? I hope so. But we’ve had a few false dawns before and when we played Kyoto away (our next fixture) last year we were totally crap and lost. (Another one of the many, ‘if only we’d won that game we would have won the league’ occasions that happened last year). Given that we’ve named the same starting line for two games in a row and the next game is coming soon, you might think we’d rotate a bit in the next game. At the same time, Oniki does like to stick with the same thing, especially if we won, so who knows really?

Next up Kyoto away on Wednesday. Fingers crossed.


DF 13. YAMANE Miki
DF 29. TAKAI Kota
DF 7. KURUMAYA Shintaro
MF 16. SEKO Tatsuki (Yellow card 63')
MF 14. WAKIZAKA Yasuto
FW 41. IENAGA Akihiro
FW 17. TONO Daiya

GK 1. JUNG Sung-Ryong
DF 3. OMINAMI Takuma (on for NOBORIZATO 89')
MF 8. TACHIBANADA Kento (on for SEKO 79')
MF 10. OSHIMA Ryota (on for WAKIZAKA 90+2')
FW 20. YAMADA Shin (on for TONO 79')
FW 26. EINAGA Takatora
MF 31. YAMAMURA Kazuya (on for IENAGA 90+2')

My Frontale Man Of The Match

Difficult to see much through the sheets of rain. Joao was great I thought. As were Seko and Wakizaka. Yamane made an amazing saving tackle. Miyashiro caused them lots of trouble. Nobori scored. Ienaga looked back to his old self. I dunno, maybe…

The whole team - it’s a lot easier to be generous with these things when we win and even more so if you can’t see what’s going on in the match.


NOBORIZATO (Frontale) 12' 0-1
NARA (Avispa) OWN GOAL 47' 0-2
NOBORIZATO (Frontale) 65' 0-3
TSURUNO (Avispa) 85' 1-3


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