Joo Min-gyu felt the weight of Derby… “It’s completely different from Jeju, I hope we play games like this more often”
Ulsan Hyundai striker Ju Min-gyu (33), who saved the fire of the chase, stuck out his tongue at the atmosphere of the ‘East Coast Derby’ after a long time.
Ulsan drew 2-2 with a dramatic equalizer in the ‘East Coast Derby’ in the 8th round of ‘Hanawon Q K League 1 2023’ against Pohang Steelers held at Ulsan Munsu Stadium on the 22nd.
In the ‘East Coast Derby’ played in front of 16,761 spectators, Ulsan faced a crisis as it was drawn 0-2 by allowing multiple goals to Youngjun Ko.
With Ulsan on the brink of defeat, Ju Min-gyu scored an equalizer in the 15th minute of the second half, reviving the pursuit. Joo Min-gyu, who caught the ball from a corner kick, calmly pushed it inside the goal line and scored the comeback goal.
Buoyed by Ju Min-gyu’s goal, Ulsan continued to knock on Pohang’s goal afterward, finally balancing the game with Bako’s dramatic equalizer in the 44th minute of the second half.
Ulsan, who caught up with a two-goal gap thanks to Joo Min-gyu and Bako’s performances, took a precious point and maintained its lead in the league with 19 points (6 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss).
Joo Min-gyu, who laid the foundation for a tie with the goal that day, met with reporters after the game and said, “I think this is the most important game in the whole season. I’m a little satisfied that I didn’t lose, but I still have to reflect on it.”
He added, “The team called ‘Ulsan Hyundai’ always has to think that it has to win every game. I think I need to reflect a little on today’s game.”
He also pledged, “I think I have to reflect on myself first because I think I was lacking defensively and offensively in the front line. I will prepare well so that I can play a more perfect game next time.”
Joo Min-gyu, who played in Ulsan for the 2019 season, later returned to his home team Ulsan ahead of this season after playing for Jeju United. Joo Min-gyu, who finished his first ‘East Coast Derby’ after returning to Ulsan, revealed a special feeling. 메이저놀이터
Joo Min-gyu, who played as a substitute in the 38th round against Pohang, the last game of the season when he played for Ulsan in the 2019 season, returned to the ‘East Coast Derby’ wearing an Ulsan uniform after about 4 years.
Regarding the ‘East Coast Derby’, Joo Min-gyu said, “I thought it was just one game out of 38 rounds, but maybe it’s because it’s a rival. ), but it’s completely different.”
He continued, “I never wanted to lose. Because we were losing, I think I put my earnest heart in bringing the ball so that we could attack even 1 minute 1 second faster.”
Joo Min-gyu, who had a fierce rivalry match, said, “I hope there will be more matches like this because the atmosphere and fighting power among the players rise and it seems that they will fight as a team.” It is done,” he hoped.
Ulsan is now leaving for Incheon United away in the 9th round of the league on the 25th. After the Incheon match, we have to face Gwangju FC at home on the 30th in the 10th round of the league.
Joo Min-gyu, who has a tough schedule ahead, expressed his confidence, saying, “We also had 6 wins in a row and were on the rise, and there were some difficulties in the beginning, but if we overcome this well, we will rise again. If we fight as a team, we are not afraid at all.”