Fujieda MYFC can came away from the match in Nagano very happy with a hard fought point which ends the two game losing streak. Nagano Parceiro on the other hand, will be disappointed they could not come away with all three points and will put a dent into their push for top spot in the Japan Football League.
The game was only the third time this season MYFC had failed to score and it was their first 0-0 draw of the season. On a positive note though, it was the fourth clean sheet of the season and that is no mean feat when you consider Nagano are the highest scorers in the JFL with 30 goals so far.
There was another change in goal for Fujieda with Tatsuya Murao coming back into the starting lineup after being on the bench for last two behind Daichi Shibata. Both ‘keepers have now played nine games each, equally splitting for 18 games so far.
The big news in defence was that player/manager Toshihide Saito returned to the starting lineup after four weeks out. He replaced Masaya Sato in defence who missed his only game since not playing in the first game of the season. Takumi Hashimoto remained in the starting XI.
In tactical switch to 4-4-2, defender Shinji Tominari and dropped to the bench. He was accompanied by Kerlon who was not fit enough to start after receiving a knock last week. They were replaced by midfielder Ken Hisatomi and forward Alan who were both suspended last weekend.
The home side had the dangerous Yuji Unozawa up top looking to add to his tally of ten so far in 2013.
Fujieda had the better of the first half in terms of shots, having four to the hosts’ three but neither side could make the break through.
The second half saw the home side really push for the win. They had a further four shots in the second half with MYFC not managing one. This showed the home side’s intentions but the visitors held on well.
Within the space on nine minutes towards the end of the second half, Saito brought on Oha, Kosei Arita and Tominari. The Nigerian forward picked up his third booking of the season in the twelve minutes he was on the pitch showing his over-enthusiasm once more. However, he was not able to recreate the success he had when he featured against Nagano last time on his debut when he scored the winner.
The game ended 0-0 with Fujieda coming away the far happier side. As already mentioned, this was MYFC’s fourth clean sheet of the season and what links those four clean sheets? Saito has played 90 minutes in all four of them. The fourty year old is still showing he is a vital part of the team.
Nagano Parceiro (4-4-2) – Suwa; Oshima, Kawabe, Takano, Arinaga; Sato, Hatada (Tanaka 55′), Omichi (Nishiguchi 64′), Nowaza; Unozawa, Fujii (Fujita 85′)
Fujieda MYFC (4-4-2) – Murao; Saito, Narabayashi, Fujimaki, Nakatsuru (Tominari 87′); Ishii, Hisatomi (Oha 78′), Hashimoto, Okuda; Alan, Nishiyama (Arita 83′)
Final score: AC Nagano Parceiro 0-0 Fujieda MYFC
Next game: Sunday 7th July 5pm (9am UK time), Machida Zelvia (home)
I think Toshihide Saito can be delighted with a point today. After two losses in a row, he will be happy to see his return to the lineup coincide with a hard fought draw. Next week though, it does not get any easier as Fujieda take on third place Machida Zelvia at home.