Yesterday evening, 16th March 2014, Phuket FC took on TTM Customs FC in their third game of the 2014 Yamaha Division 1 season. Prior to kick-off Phuket FC were 9th in the league, whilst TTM were placed 3rd.
Coach Teco pretty much kept to the same squad as in Phuket’s last game which saw them lose to current league leaders Ang Thong, fielding tall defender Tales Dos Santos rather than forward Ney Fabiano as the third choice of foreign player, a pretty strange decision considering it was clear from the game against Ang Thong that Phuket clearly lacked what it needed upfront. And after a disappointing performance last week, keeper Adisak Duangsri was replaced by the youngster Prapat Yoskrai.
Just over 4,000 fans turned out for the second home game of the season, and it was only 5 minutes into the game that they were on their feet., unfortunately not because of a goal but TTM’s very unsporting behavior of keeping the ball in play long after Phuket’s Japanese defender Sato had gone down injured. And it wasn’t only the Phuket fans who took a dislike to this, the players also made their feelings felt, the result of which saw both entire teams, including both keepers, squaring up to each other in the centre of the pitch.
Disappointingly, this was pretty much the most exciting part of the first half, as the teams went in at 0-0 with both teams having very few, or no chances at goal.
It was Phuket who started the second half brighter and were looking to get ahead, but the presence of Ney Fabiano was clearly missed and they really didn’t get much of a goal scoring opportunity. It was then end to end stuff with both defenses working hard, and well, at keeping the ball out of their areas. But unfortunately that was all it came to as after four minutes of added time the score still remanded goalless.
From what I witnessed at the game, Coach Teco has to get back to the drawing board with his line-up, yes the defense is strong, and Eber is the first choice for midfield,but there really is something lacking upfront, and Christian Alex certainly didn’t, and hasn’t yet shown the skills that made him one of the fan’s favourites last season.
The result saw Phuket move down to 10th place in the league table, with their next game being the big, and only local derby against Krabi FC away from home on Saturday 22nd March 2014, a game which will see both the club and fans hoping to take home 3 points.
To see more photos from the game please visit: http://events.phuketindex.com/phuket-fc-2-2486.html