Fujieda MYFC came crashing back to reality after losing 3-0 away to Machida Zelvia, ending their six game unbeaten streak. Zelvia now move into 2nd place, two points off top spot while MYFC drop into 8th place.
Toshihide Saito decided to ring the changes for this match, reverting back to a 4-4-2 formation. He decided to drop himself to the bench, being replaced by Hiroki Narabayashi. Ken Hisatomi and Hiroyuki Ishida were also dropped and replaced by Yuta Murase and forward Shogo Fujimaki for his first start of the year.
Zelvia decided to leave top scorer Kazuhito Kishida on the bench with Koji Suzuki and Ryuji Mano starting up top instead.
A terrible spell of six minutes before half time saw the away side concede twice and head into the break 2-0 down. Shinichi Mukai scored move to take his tally to 3 for the season, to add to his 10 he scored last year for Tokyo Verdy. His first came in the 37th and then the second two minutes before half time.
The half time break saw Saito again make changes, Alan was replaced by last week’s hero Okha and Takahisa Nishiyama was replaced by Ken Hisatomi.
They made little difference with Fujieda not really having a chance of getting back into the game. The hosts made sure of the win in stoppage time, when Kishida came off the bench to score in the 93rd minute.
Fujieda MYFC (4-4-2) – 1. Murao; 20. Okuda, 19. Tominari, 15. M. Sato, 3. Narabayashi; 7. Ishii, 14. Murase (23. Nakatsuru 64′), 10. Kerlon, 9. Alan (8. Hisatomi 45′); 11. Nishiyama (30. Okha 45′), 30. Fujimaki
Machida Zelvia (4-4-2) – 21. Aizawa; 18. Miki, 2. Yoshihiro, 19. Taira, 29. Yoo; 3. Fujita, 10. Shoji, 7. Mukai (9. Anderson 69′), 13. Otake (26. S. Saito 80′); 20. Mano (30. Kishida 53′), 9. Suzuki
Final score: Machida Zelvia 3-0 Fujieda MYFC
Scorers: Mukai 37′, 43′, Kishida 90+3′
Next game: Sunday 5th May 3pm (7am UK time) – Sagamihara (home)
So, not the result Fujieda would have hoped for but they cannot be too disheartened losing against a team who are playing their first season back in the JFL after relegation last year.
I’m not sure why Toshihide Saito decided to make so many changes after the recent good form and I am sure he has his reasons but they did not pay off. The past two games have also seen Alan and Nishiyama subbed at half time. Alan has not been having a great season and he does not seem to be prospering in a deeper midfield role.
Anyway, this Sunday is a chance to get back on track against 7th place Sagamihara at home!