In what very nearly turned into another one of those “banana-skin” games where we lose to the bottom placed team, the F.Marinos not only defied belief by fighting back to win 3-2, but also finally put paid to their long time hex of never being able to recover from a 2 goal deficit. In fact, if my sources are correct, yesterdays victory was the first time in 10 years that we have been able win under such circumstances…
Sadly, though this match was undoubtedly a cracking game of football, the poor weather took it’s toll on the attendance, sapping the average number from 23,000 down to 13,520 meaning that around 10,000 ‘regular’ supporters missed out on the spectacle – Including both of us.
As such, we are not really in a position to give much of a match report concerning this game as to do so would only be half-baked opinion based upon what we’ve seen in the highlight reel and from what other supporters have told us, and frankly, you deserve better.
Instead, we shall turn our attention to the fact that this game just goes to show that you can NEVER expect a win against the bottom placed team. If they had had their way, we would have lost 2-0 and be left to sulk in the rain as we miserably trudge off home whilst trying to convince ourselves that what we saw, actually didn’t happen. Time and time again we have become complacent against cellar-dwelling teams and have been made to pay the price but what happened yesterday not only sent a roar of excitement around the North End at Nissan Stadium, it also said something far greater about what this team can achieve.
Last season, the club unceremoniously got rid of the ‘old guard’ in a way that only infuriated us all and left us scratching our heads in confusion. We were just fobbed off with a cold statement that “they were no longer up to it” or were “Not suitable for our attack plan”. Top that off with a bunch of very low-key signings and Coach Kimura’s arrogant statement that “We will win the title this season” and you have a perfect recipe for unwariness and doubt.
That said however, we have thus far had the best start to a season that we’ve had for as long as I can remember and we’re showing no signs of slowing down either. In fact, I hate to admit this but, had we put the same team out as last year in this game, I strongly doubt they would have what it took to come back from 2 goals down and go on to win.
I am of course dreadfully biased in saying this but, I am beginning to believe that we have something very special happening at our club. A team that is both largely young, able to communicate well with each other, has an insatiable appetite for goal, and most importantly; self belief. I have to admit, Kazushi Kimura has really created an impressive squad and is certainly delivering on his promise.
What also made this game such an important one was the fact that Yuji Ono, our newly appointed number 10, finally scored his first goal of the season. We were beginning to worry about him folding under the pressure of his number if he didn’t find the net soon enough but, not only did he bag his first of the season, he also grabbed the winner shortly after. No doubt these two goals will have gotten the monkey off his back and given him the boost of confidence he needs to go on and score a whole load more…
Again, apologies for the lack of coverage on twitter yesterday (and a big THANK YOU to those followers who were kind enough to keep me up to date as I made my way home!)
Here’s the highlights of the game so you can all marvel at what happened! Enjoy!
Yokohama F.Marinos: Iikura, Kobayashi, Kurihara, Nakazawa, Hato, Taniguchi, Ogura, Nakamura, Hyodo, Oguro, and Watanabe.
Avispa Fukuoka: Kamiyama, Yamagata, Niwa, Yamaguchi, Min Jae, Sueyoshi, Suzuki, Tanaka, Matsuura, Okamoto, and Jogo.
F.Marinos Substitutions: Oguro → Ono (56), Watanabe → Kunhoan (66), Nakamura → Aria (85)
Goals: Jogo (31),(42), Watanabe (46), Ono (77), (81)