J2 Matchday 10 Preview
We've basically reached the quarter-of-the-way-through point of the 2011 J2 season, and to say things haven't gone as FC Tokyo fans had expected up to now would be the understatement of the (admittedly young) millenium. Whenever we thought we were taking a step forward, and that we were starting to justify our 'Prohibitive favourites for promotion' tag, such as after the wins over Tosu, Toyama & Kyoto, we've always seemed to take a step or two back: the first two of those wins were followed by losses, to Chiba and Kusatsu, and the Kyoto win was followed by last Sunday's draw with Ehime FC at Komazawa.
Sooner or later, if we can't manage to string a few wins together, we'll have to start panicking, BUT, while the league position (9th) looks bad, its ONLY Matchday 10, we're ONLY four points off the promotion places, and there have been recent signs, though admittedly not many in the Ehime game, off us finding our attacking rhythm.
With all that said, we (the generic 'we' - I'm not going) embark on our longest away trip of the season on Sunday, making our first ever visit to Kumamoto. The Kyushu side are three points and three places above us in the table, and along with Shonan, have proven the hardest team to beat so far this season (one loss each).