After seeing their side cruise to a 2 – 0 victory in their mid-week FA Cup game against Thai Premier League side Ratchaburi FC, Phuket fans really were expecting to see their team pick up a vital 3 points in their Yamaha League One game on Saturday (29th June 2013) against Nakhon Ratchasima FC at Sarakul Stadium.
However, fans were to go home disappointed after seeing The Islanders defeated 1 – 0 in the game which marked the half-way mark, in what is according to club management, ‘the year Phuket goes to the Thai Premier League’.
The performance by Phuket on Saturday was a far cry from what fans had witnessed mid-week, few chances were created, the team really lacked any kind of team plan, and strikers including Dudu spending the best of the game in their own half after failing to receive any decent deliveries to them in the oppositions half.
It was in the 64th minute that Nakhon Ratchasima FC took advantage of Phuket’s lack of skill with their Japanese forward Yusuke Kato heading home the only goal of the game.
The loss of points luckily only sees Phuket drop down only 1 place in the league table to 6th with their Nakhon Ratchasima FC replacing them at 5th. With the first 2 teams in the League, Air Force United & PTT Rayong, now pulling away from the rest of the table, Phuket are now going to have to battle with another 7 or 8 teams who could all be in contention to take the final 3rd automatic promotion place. Unfortunately for Phuket, they will certainly have to improve their performance and team work if they have any hope of reaching this year’s aim of going up.
Before the game kicked off on Saturday Phuket unveiled 2 new players, No.35 Watchara Grearum No.39 Kosed Kerdsuk, who have joined the tea in their battle for promotion.