Ulsan Hyundai striker Martin Adam scored his first K League 1 offensive point in a long time.
Ulsan defeated Suwon FC 3-2 in the 31st round of the Hana OneQ K League 2023 at Suwon Sports Complex on Thursday. After taking the lead with goals from Lee Dong-kyung and Ataru, Ulsan conceded back-to-back goals from Oh In-pyo and Bautersson to tie the game, before Lee In-gyu scored the winner in the 35th minute.
On this day, Ulsan played Martin Adam in the front line. Ulsan has two great strikers in In-Ju-gyu and Martin Adam, and usually alternates between them, but they chose to start Martin Adam for the second consecutive game after his midweek performance.
It was a move to capitalize on the good vibes. Martin Adam was fresh off a hat-trick against BG Phatum United in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League (ACL) on Sept. 19. Speaking to the media before the game, Ulsan head coach Hong Myung-bo said, “For a striker, flow is important. I decided to play Martin Adam to continue the good flow from the last game.”
Martin Adam lived up to Hong’s choice. While he only had one shot on goal before being substituted in the 25th minute, he troubled the Suwon FC defense in other ways. He contributed to the opening goal in the 24th minute. The ball was cleared by Jung Dong-ho inside the Suwon FC penalty box. The ball bounced off Martin Adam’s head and into an empty penalty box, where Lee Dong-kyung slotted it home. 레모나토토
It was Martin Adam’s first league offense point in eight games. Prior to the ACL hat trick, there was a long silence in the league. The last attacking point was scored against Incheon United in Round 22 in July. His last assist came against Daejeon Hana Citizens in Round 15, about four months ago.
In the 35th minute, he drew a sending-off. He tried to penetrate with a ball that flew into the space behind the Suwon FC defense, but was brought down by a foul from Suwon FC center back Hugo Gomes. The referee saw that Hugo Gomes had denied Martin Adam a crucial chance and produced a red card.
After Martin Adam’s dismissal, the game turned into a wild affair as Suwon FC pushed forward, but Ulsan was able to secure the victory with a late goal from In-Joo Gyu. With the win, Ulsan snapped a three-match winless streak in the league and opened up a nine-point gap on second-place Pohang Steelers, who have yet to play 31 rounds.