Mito played very hard during yesterday night's game and took a well earned win. It might be seen as a big upset, considering that Mito had 5 starters out of this game due to injury and one more due to suspension. Starting members able to appear were goalkeeper Honma, defender Nakamura, midfielders Park and Akahoshi,and forward Arata. Midfielders Muramatsu and Suzuki also started having seen playtime in recent games. Defender Hoshino made his professional debut. Due to the reduced number of available players, Mito was forced to play a 4 - 4 - 1 - 1 formation for the first time.
Despite the hastily assembled squad, the team worked together well and kept possession most of the game, pressing hard to get the ball at other times. To Gifu's credit, Mito had some good crosses that effective zone defense shut down. Despite Gifu's mistakes in the match, during clutch situations they were able to keep the scoreline close.
Mito's goal was taken by forward Arata, which is his 11th for the year and bringing him to 4th place in the league. It came from a Kanazawa cross and Arata jumped between two Gifu defenders to pop it in.
Mito now has more wins this season than anyone in the bottom half of the standings, and more wins than the entire (longer) season last year with only three more points to match last year's less than stellar results. The team pulled ahead of Yokohama FC to 11th place albeit with all other matches to be played tomorrow.