The defeats during August against Kashima Antlers and Nagoya Grampus 8 underlined the fact that the Squirrel Nation have been treated to some boring, inept, soporific displays in 2007, but Saturday's home defeat to JEF United may just come out top of the list of most uninspiring Omiya Ardija performances of this or any other season. Combined with wins for relegation rivals Oita Trinita and Ventforet Kofu, the loss means that Satoru Sakuma's team have now sunk back into the automatic relegation places - out of which even Robert Verbeek was able to take the squad, with his unbeaten run in May and June.
Against JEF, however, it was shambolic from start to finish with barely a single effort to trouble Tomonori Tateishi in the visitors' goal. And as such, there are only a few incidents worth mentioning. The one score of the match was a well-taken volley from experienced defender Daisuke Saito at the end of the first half, although JEF did have many more opportunities to increase their lead.
Squirrels forward Denis Marques was sent off just before the break, clearly frustrated at having so little service from his team-mates: Chikara Fujimoto was invisible, Hayato Hashimoto seemed incapable of passing to another player in an orange shirt and Yosuke Kataoka - for whom the stats read no goals, no assists all season - as ever was unable to get involved in the match.
... lots of messing about from the players
Young substitute Pedro Junior injected a bit of liveliness and movement for the last ten minutes when he came on in place of Hiroshi Morita and indeed he would have had a chance to equalise - if Kota Yoshihara had made a simple pass. But Yoshihara, Omiya's top scorer this season with an embarrassing total of four, failed to spot the opportunity and the defeat was confirmed. And so September's two home fixtures slipped away with no additional points on the board - is it really possible that this Omiya team can win at either Marinos or Niigata? J2 beckons.