Newly promoted Nam Dinh extend poor V.League run

Monday, 2018-04-16 21:27:19
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Manager Nguyen Van Sy's team only manage to score a solitary point after the first five rounds of the 2018 V.League.
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NDO – Pressure is mounting on the Nam Dinh FC players, as five rounds of the Nuti Café V.League 2018 have passed by, and manager Nguyen Van Sy’s team have yet to taste the flavour of success. With a lineup seen as too weak to perform at this level, this run of poor results for the league debutants was on the cards before the V.League 2018 had even begun.

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Their fifth-round defeat against Ho Chi Minh City on April 15 was the fourth consecutive loss for Nam Dinh from the beginning of the season, with play following the same pattern as in previous matches. Sy’s side still played on the front foot and full of determination but the players lacked the talent and experience to turn their eagerness into victory.

As the person to bear the most pressure following Nam Dinh’s poor V.League run, manager Nguyen Van Sy, however, did not take it so much for granted, stating that what’s important for his team now is to keep their fighting spirit.

“Nam Dinh has limited sources of finance, personnel, and V.League experience, while we do not have much time to prepare for the tournament. We know that we are a weak team, so what we should do now is to maintain our fighting spirit.”

After the first five V.League matches, Nam Dinh have taken just one point and remained rooted to the bottom of the V.League table. According to Sy, this is the moment that the whole team need to retain their determination and concentration as in the previous games. The local tactician said for Nam Dinh, each match is like a final now and any single point accumulated is also of great significance.

Nam Dinh FC have suffered from four consecutive defeats in the V.League front.

The current goal of Sy’s side is to focus on playing well in each game and accumulating the necessary points to prepare for an improvement in the second leg.

“We are fully aware of our situation at present, and will exert greater efforts for a victory. We are on the lower rungs, so any point is very precious. I hope that all the players will unite and strive to overcome this difficult period,” he said.

Contrary to Nam Dinh’s fortunes, Hanoi FC continue to prove themselves as the odds-on favourites for this year’s V.League crown with a convincing 4-0 win at SHB Da Nang. The 2016 champions had been anticipating a tough trip to Hoa Xuan Stadium, as manager Nguyen Minh Phuong’s side seemed to have found their rhythm, going unbeaten in their previous three matches with two wins and a draw.

Nigerian striker Oseni is leading the top scorer race with eight goals.

However, Hanoi’s powerful attacking line, including Thanh Luong, Van Quyet, Quang Hai, and Oseni, turned the Saturday clash into a real nightmare for the home side. Notably, Nigerian forward Oseni maintained his brilliant form in the V.League, bagging a hat-trick to secure Hanoi’s victory, and putting himself in the race for the top scorer title of the 2018 season with eight goals scored so far. The triumph at SHB Da Nang has left Hanoi FC as the only unbeaten team with four wins and one draw, while helping manager Chu Dinh Nghiem’s side to fly high on top of the V.League 2018 table with 13 points, three points clear of second-place Quang Ninh Coal. If their strong form is maintained, there is no doubt that Hanoi FC will reign atop the standings in a few more rounds of play.

After four rounds of struggling near the bottom of the table, the reigning V.League champions Quang Nam FC finally produced a breakthrough in the table following their crucial 2-0 victory over Hai Phong during their trip to Lach Tray Stadium on April 15.

The convincing fifth-round win against Hai Phong helps Quang Nam FC to rekindle their title defence hopes.

Manager Hoang Van Phuc showed his desire for a win to kick-start Quang Nam’s title defence hopes by deploying an attacking trio of Thanh Trung, Claudecir, and Dai Duong right from the start. Two of them were on the scoreboard to secure the guests a much-needed win, lifting them up six places to seventh position in the standings with seven points. The timely triumph has helped to relieve pressure from both the coaching staff and players of Quang Nam after a poor four-game run, and has given a strong boost to the team’s confidence for the remaining games of the season.

FLC Thanh Hoa’s trip to Becamex Binh Duong took centre stage in the attention stakes, as everyone had been waiting to see how acting manager Hoang Thanh Tung would perform after being appointed to replace Romanian Marian Cucchiaroni Mihail in the managerial hot seat.

Ninety minutes at Go Dau Stadium showed the positive transformation from the fighting spirit to the playing style of Thanh Hoa players on the field. Both teams put on a show for attending fans with a thrilling game being played end to end finishing up in a 3-3 draw. Despite missing out on victory, FLC Thanh Hoa displayed a new face as a team with full of enthusiasm, determination, and explosive attacking prowess.

VAN TOAN