The Portlist 5: What Port Are Made Of

 

My last Portlist came after the pitiful 2-0 defeat to Bangkok Glass, when I said that the response to this defeat would show what Port were really made of. A hard-fought last minute 1-0 victory against Ubon was the immediate response, although it was followed by a disappointing capitulation late on against Sukhothai, where Port threw away a goal and a man advantage to draw 2-2. Port then overcame bottom-of-the-league Air Force 3-1, a scoreline which probably flattered Port, before putting on an absolute horror show away to Police Tero, losing 4-2.

Whilst some are now saying that the response to the Police Tero defeat will show what Port are really made of, I think the response to the Bangkok Glass fiasco answered that question in no uncertain terms. We’re formidable at home – capable of taking on all comers and emerging victorious – but take us away from PAT Stadium and we can lose to just about anyone.

It’s not a new phenomenon, but one Port have been fighting against for years. The one undeniable improvement that has been made this year is that Port have shown that they are able to keep complacency at bay against weaker clubs at home and grind out victories. Away from home it’s the same old story.

With all that being said there have been a lot of individual performances of note over the last month or so, so let’s get on with the task at hand. It’s Portlist time!

 


 

1 (3) David Rochela

The whole team has been fighting their hardest not to be number one on the Portlist this month, so El Capitan wins it by default as much as anything else. I have nothing particularly good or particularly bad to say about his recent performances, and in the context of most of his teammates, that’s a positive.

2 (2) Dragan Boskovic

Dragan hangs on to his spot at number two, having contributed towards a fair amount of goals, despite some less than inspiring performances. A goal and an assist against Sukhothai was supposed to ignite his campaign, and he followed it up with an excellent header against Air Force, before winning a late consolation penalty against Police.

3 (6) Pakorn Prempak

Yes, he occasionally goes missing, but when he’s on form he’s just so damn good. It was Pakorn’s cross that Arthit headed home to seal the injury-time win against Ubon, but the Midfield Monk really starred against Air Force, scoring a brace and assisting another. In a team full of increasingly inconsistent performers, I can’t see how I can keep Pakorn out of the top three.

4 (1) Sergio Suarez

The early season goal-rush had catapulted Sergio to the top of the Portlist, but just one goal in four and a few lackluster performances later, and it’s as you were for the Spaniard.

5 (5) Siwakorn Jakkuprasart

Phew. Siwakorn finally got his first yellow card. As always, Siwakorn has been consistent in his efforts, although their have been some less-than-stellar performances. I think it was Sukhothai away where the Thin White Duke put on an exhibition in how not to finish, squandering several chances which could have won Port the game, but we already known Siwakorn can’t finish, and that’s not his job. He has continued to keep things ticking over well in midfield, and doesn’t deserve to drop any places all things considered.

6 (7) Kevin Deeromram

Kevin was Port’s best player against Police, although that doesn’t say a great deal. His attacking just seems to get better and better as he grows in confidence, and he does an excellent job providing balance to the team, with his overlapping runs giving Nurul the opportunity to pass to the left when he is more naturally inclined to cut inside.

7 (4) Kim Sung Hwan

What a shame. From being number two on the Portlist after his performance against Muangthong, Kim has slipped five places already after some frighteningly poor displays. As defensive midfielder you are responsible for dealing with the guy in the hole. Against Police that was Aung Thu, and he was given free reign to run at Port’s defence all night. In Kim’s defence he doesn’t look at all fit, but then that’s not really a defence, and another reason he is sliding down the Portlist. If Kim gets fit and finds some consistency he will rise again, but he needs a couple of huge performances over the next week to convince fans that he is the real deal.

8 (8) Nitipong Selanon

Nitipong has made himself at home at the number eight spot. I see no reason for that to change at the moment.

9 (9) Nurul Sriyankem

He’s ever so promising, but just isn’t quite producing the goods. At times in the first half against Air Force Nurul looked like the most dangerous player on the pitch, but come the final whistle he had produced nothing and his fellow winger had notched up two goals and an assist. Of course the ability is there, and I still have confidence that Nurul will influence games in the way that some of his teammates do, but it just hasn’t quite happened for him yet.

10 (13) Worawut Srisupha

Worawut’s early season heroics turned out to be the exception, not the rule. This is unsurprising to those of us with a few years of watching Worawut under our belts; what has been surprising is that he’s managed to hold on to the first choice goalkeeping spot ahead of Rattanai, who has been fit for a few weeks now.

11 (21) Athibordee Atirat

Gaining ten places on the Portlist by virtue of his elevation in the centre back rankings. Having overtaken Dolah, Athibordee has had a decent run in the team, although he has done little to show that he could ever establish himself as a T1 centre half. Once Todsapol is fit again (I’m hearing rumours suggesting he could be primed for a return this week but steadfastly not holding my breath) he will be straight back in the team. Nevertheless, Athibordee’s stock has undoubtedly risen, as his ability to do two jobs to a decent standard is a quality that will come in handy at some point later in the season.

12 (14) Adisorn Daeng-rueng

A few solid performances this season and the inconsistency of Kim mean that Adisorn edges up the Portlist.

13 (11) Bodin Phala

That freekick is increasingly fading from the memory, and Bodin once again needs to do something from the bench to stand a chance of replacing either Pakorn or Nurul.

14 (10) Todsapol Lated

Until I see him on the pitch, I’m not going to believe he’s fit, although I really, really hope he is.

15 (15) Arthit Butjinda

Arthit can count himself unlucky not to have moved up a couple of places. His match-winning header against Ubon and his lay-off for Kevin’s goal against Police were classic centre-forward play, something which Port lack when Arthit is not on the pitch.

16 (12) Rattanai Songsangchan

The goalkeeping crisis is over, and surprisingly Rattanai has emerged in second place, still deputising for Worawut. I’ll be intrigued to see how long that lasts.

17 (16) Elias Dolah

Punished for his display against Bangkok Glass, Dolah has touched the ball just once since, winning a header just before the final whistle was blown against Air Force.

18 (18) Terens Puhiri

Poor Terens still hasn’t touched the ball in a competitive game. Please can we see him in action, Jadet? Pretty please? #PickTerens #PassToTerens

19 (20) Panpanpong Pinkong

Bringing on Panpanpong for Kevin when Port were in need of a goal against Air Force was a real head-scratcher. Still, he got on the pitch so he gains a place.

20 (19) Meechok Marhasarunukun

And Meechok drops a place as a result.

21 (17) Worawut Namvech

If Todsapol does return to fitness then Worawut, who must be gutted to have been overlooked when Athibordee made it in to the first XI ahead of him, will probably fail to make the match day squad.

22 (22) Watchara Buathong

Still third choice goalie.

23 (27) Chaowala Sriarwut

Now that some of Port’s first team squad have been appearing for Port B, the fact that Chaowala is still the main difference-maker shows just how good he is.

24 (24) Chakrit Rawanprakone

Until injury strikes a winger higher up the Portlist, Chakrit will probably continue to find himself playing for Port B.

25 (26) Jetjinn Sriprach

Swap winger for left back.

26 (24) Pummared Kladkleep

Pummared has probably fallen below Chaowala in the midfield rankings. Get comfortable in T4, mate.

27 (23) Anipong Kijkam

After nearly sneaking in to the matchday squad after a couple of injuries, Anipong can once again focus on keeping goal for Port B, although he appears to still be training with the first team. Can’t be bad.

28 (28) Partchya Katethip

The exciting young winger has to try and outperform Chakrit for Port B if he wants to move up the Portlist.

29 (29) Chanayut Jejue

Scored a fantastic goal for Port B a few weeks ago, taking on a couple of players on the left, playing a neat one-two on the edge of the box before slipping the ball past the goalie.

30 (30) Danudet Treemongkonchok

I’m developing quite a record with telling players they need a goal to stay on the Port list. I’ve been successful with Chanayut and now Danudet, who scored just a day after my last Portlist, but I think I’ll save my Midas touch for the next Portlist.

99 (99) Tana Chanabut

 

 

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Tom Earls

Tom Earls

Having moved to Thailand aged 10, Tom has been playing or watching football in Thailand for more than 18 years. A keen follower of the Thai National Team and an avid fan of Port FC, he is a regular contributor to The Sandpit.

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