‘Ram You Hard: Buriram Utd vs. Port FC, 5 July 2017

One of our most spirited performances of the season took place against Buriram earlier in the season where we matched them man for man in every department. Even before Diogo’s red card I felt we had our chances and in midfield our energy and tenacity was really evident, Adisorn (13) having a particularly endearing display. It also meant that I could go home to my beloved, a lady who frequents PAT quite often, with my head held high but I am a little less convinced of a repeat when I get off the plane Thursday afternoon. That said, we have the night at Smelly Thongs to give me hope!

The Thunder castle are flying this year. After a disappointing 2016 they have improved immensely this term, and apart from back to back defeats at the hands of Glass away and a surprising home defeat by Ratchaburi at the start of May their record has been phenomenal. They have won seven and drawn one of their last eight with Diogo (40) and his compatriot Jakson Coelho (50) being the driving force in this excellent run.

 

Diogo (40) and Coelho (50)

 

I have seen them play Bangkok United at home on 27th May, the day Glasgow Celtic secured an undefeated domestic treble, in what was a very entertaining game against decent opposition, I was impressed. Their pace and presence was frightening and we will need to bring our A game on Wednesday. No place for passengers for sure.

 

 

Yesterday’s fantastic result should add wind to our sails as the Zico effect gathers momentum, the fight for places and someone to impress on an equal playing field seems to be giving some of the squad a lift. This will need to be the case as our transfer window activity – or should I say lack of – has been embarrassing but far from surprising. There is nothing this wonderful club can conjure up any more that will astonish me. Kalu (10) and Suarez (5) getting on the score sheet was a welcome boost, I don’t care what they say goals breed confidence for attackers, end of. We need to play a high line tomorrow and support the one up front as this has worked this season when we have adopted this tactic, Chang Rai and Smellies away proved this and paid dividends. If we try to soak it up against this mob on Wednesday we good get an old fashioned drubbing, Thai Honda, Bangkok United-esque!

On a more personal note I am going to sample The Buriram Amari tomorrow nothing beats falling in the door two hundred yards from the away end after the footie. I will take it a few at Paddy’s bar beforehand and get a bit of the old man’s craic. Let’s not forget whilst I will never hope Port to get beat if it happens there will be a little Silver lining. Four points isn’t that hard to claw back.

 

Kevin Machugh

Kevin Machugh

Derry City, Ireland. Married with two gorgeous kids. Former Irish league footballer. Fanatical Glasgow Celtic fan🍀

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