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Tough Draw for Suwon
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Suwon, Gyeongnam ago

Saturday 1st June 6:00pm 2013

K-League Classic, Big Bird Stadium

Suwon Bluewings 0 - 0 Gyeongnam

The Bluewings finally ended their three-game-losing-sequence against a tough Gyeongnam team, but the needed victory was still elusive. The home side rarely threatened to take three points and were fortunate to get one when Gyeongnam rattled the crossbar in injury time.

The Gyeongnam players were looking to impress their incoming manager Ilija Petkovic, a recent replacement for the sacked Choi Jin-han. The former Serbia and Incheon United boss was watching his first game from high in the stands and he would not have been disappointed. His adopted side looked better than their league position suggested and they did well in keeping Suwon at bay. Jong Tae-se went the closest but his stabbed shot spun wide after Seo Jung-jin's picked him out in the area. Earlier on, Jung-jin had a good opportunity of his own, but his tame shot did not trouble Park Chung-hyo either.

The absence of Stevo, who returned to Macedonia after his father sadly passed away, effected Tae-se who toiled away to little effect upfront. Chances came and passed but a goal didn't look on the cards 

Lee Jae-an produced the best out of  Suwon's deputy keeper Lee Sang-ki. The young stopper tipped Jae-an's fierce shot onto the bar in the forty-ninth minute to keep the score level. Jung Sung-ryong, currently on international duty, would have been proud of that save. 

Gyeongnam acknowlege the traveling support after their seventh draw in fourteen games.

There was no further talking points until injury time, when Jae-an again rattled the bar to remind the Suwon players that perhaps it was actually their lucky day.

Suwon enter the international break in seventh position but, with no side having yet stamped their authority on the league table, only nine points separates them from leaders Pohang. There is now a twenty-six day gap until the next league fixture, time for Seo Jung-won and his troops to rediscover their early season promise.



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