Well what a 24 hours this has been… the club is in turmoil and one win in ten games leaves us now in a relegation fight, make no mistake about it. I was very optimistic and I openly shared this view in the sandpit prior to the game as I really felt that it was time the players showed some balls and played for their manager. The optimism was there right up until the sixtieth minute.
Port matched Chonburi in the first half although it was very clear that they were more menacing on the ball with Prince Amponsah (29) and Nakano (7) operating at a very high intensity but the first real chance of the game came from another Pakorn (9) free kick that crashed off the crossbar. Both teams evened themselves out until a beautiful defence splitting pass from Sergio Suarez (5) sent Josimar (30) racing clear to slide the ball past Chanin (35) in the Chonburi goal. Genki (18) then skied a lovely measured Pakorn pass when he should have done better on his trusted left foot. Port then had two goals ruled offside: the first was clearly off, but the second a – slip pass through to Genki – was touch and go.
With Port’s heads still in the changing room the self-destruction started. Good link up play from Marques (14) and The Prince led to the latter driving the ball low and hard into the bottom corner. Port rallied and the introduction of Tana (99) added extra spice to our attack and within five minutes of his arrival the aforementioned headed over from eight yards with the defender just doing enough to put him off.
Suarez who had a good game came close a couple of minutes later hooking his shot past the post. With ten minutes to go the potent strike force struck the killer blow this time Prince the provider for Marques who had his first shot excellently blocked by Worawut (36) only for the rebound to fall to his feet and he dispatched into an empty net. The game was now over as a contest and The Sharks were deservedly in front. Nitipong (34) then received his marching orders for a mistimed challenge that, although clearly intentional was not malicious. Two minutes later The Prince caught a cross field ball sweetly on his right foot and drilled it into Worawut’s right hand far post. That was it from me I was overdosing on Leo when the final whistle sounded, all my positivity drained out of me like a mosquito bite!
Zico announced his departure in the post-match press conference as expected. What happens next is anyone’s fucking guess! With Pang at the helm we will either have Jadet back, or she will try doing the job herself. This situation needs to be sorted immediately. Actually, looking at our prolific recent record, the process should have started four games ago which feels like last Christmas the way this season has been going!