After a disappointing 3 – 4 loss in their midweek FA Cup game against 10 men Ayuthaya, on Saturday evening, 26th April 2014, Phuket FC turned their fortune around giving an impressive performance in front of just under 2,000 fans at Sarakul Stadium against Nakhon Phathom in the 9th game of the 2014 Yamaha Thai Division 1 season, Phuket FC with a 3 – 0 victory at the final whistle.
Phuket FC looked to be making up for their midweek loss right from the kick-off with their midfield work frustrating visiting Nakhom Pathom, but their hard work saw no final result in the first 45 minutes as the teams went in at 0 – 0 at half time.
However, 10 minutes after the restart Phuket got their just reward with Captain Wasan Natasan putting the home team 1 – 0 up. This was followed by a goal from Burmese midfielder Pyne Soe, and substitute Christian Alex fired in the third goal after only a minute on the pitch, much to the delight of the fans who really have been expecting better things this season from the Cruzeiro loanee.
This was possibly the best Phuket performance of the season so far and they really did deserve the win, and the fans will surely be hoping that coach Teco tries to stick with this starting 11 in future games as it was by far the strongest team he has put out all season. The 3 points sees Phuket take back 3rd place in the league table equal on points (17) with 4th place Bangkok United, but with Phuket having a 1 goal better goal difference. However, Phuket face a real test on Sunday, 4th May 2014, when they visit 2nd placed Nakhon Ratchasima in a game where points will mean everything for both teams, Nakhon Ratchasima are currently just above Phuket on 19 points. Unfortunately, Phuket haven’t got the best away record this season taking only 4 points out of a possible 15 so far, so hopefully after turning a run of 2 loses to a win at the weekend they can also start to turn around their away record which they need to do in order to stay in contention for promotion to the Thai Premier League.
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