Port FC 2-0 Police Tero: Five Things We Learned

 

 

Port beat Police Tero in their first home pre-season friendly last night, thanks to spectacular free-kicks from Pakorn (9) and new signing Heberty (TBC). It was a comfortable workout for Choke’s team against eager but limited opposition who rarely troubled Port’s defence and look a good bet to go straight back down to T2 this season. Port looked lively and raring to go and and if Ceres Negros were watching they’ll be cancelling those Tokyo hotel reservations today. Here are five things we took away from the game…

Heberty!!!

My god Heberty was good last night. Given a free role up front, he popped up on the left, the right and middle, even occasionally tracking back to defend, and got on the end of numerous chances. His free-kick goal was sublime, though helped by some dreadful goalkeeping, and he is going to be a lot of fun to watch in 2020.

#9 Dream

Whilst Heberty is good, and will get goals, he’s not the no9 Port need and, as we saw once again last night, neither is Suarez. Adisak will get the service but will struggle to hit double figures; Josimar guarantees you at least 15 a season but is out of favour; rumoured target Doumbouya has gone to China. There is still time to drop one foreign player and bring in a new striker but let’s face it it probably won’t happen, and we’ll almost certainly be seeing one of Heberty, Suarez and Adisak leading the line next season.

Dolah Devalued

Looking at Choke’s first team selections for this year’s friendlies, it’s clear that his preferred starting centre-backs are Rochela and Tanaboon. This kind of cluelessness explains why Port almost certainly won’t win the league this season. Dolah is one of the best CBs in Thailand and is improving dramatically year-on-year, yet Tanaboon seems to have a “must play” clause in his contract for some inexplicable reason. Factor in Rochela being outpaced by Simon Dia last night and I have considerable worries about Port’s CB pairing for the coming season. I’ve said it before but the signing of Tanaboon was unnecessary and has totally unbalanced the squad – he’s not terrible, but he’s certainly not good enough for the top half of T1.

Dead Balls

No, I’m not talking about a side-effect of the new seats (see below), but Port’s likely deadliness from free-kicks in the coming season. In Heberty and Pakorn they have arguably the two best strikers of a dead ball in T1, and last night they showed just what they can do, with Pakorn spanking one in right-footed in the first half, and Hebs curling in a left-footer in the second. Expect lots of theatrical tumbling on the edge of the opposition box from Port’s forwards next season.

PAT – Butchered!

Pang’s vanity project of hosting an ACL game at the PAT has resulted in rows and rows of cheap, crappy plastic seating with around 30cm of legroom between seats, making it very uncomfortable for anyone other than Peter Dinklage or Adisorn to sit and watch a game for any period of time. The most famous atmosphere in Thailand ruined for the sake of what will almost certainly be one game, against a Filipino team. And at a time when more people want to watch Port than ever before, the capacity has been reduced from 8000 to (estimate based on me counting seats last night) around 6300. Nonsensical.

 

 

Next game: Ceres Negros at home in the ACL second qualifying round on Tuesday 21 January, KO 19:00. Tickets go on sale at the PAT at 15:00.

 

Tim Russell

Tim Russell

The founder and editor of The Sandpit, Tim has been in SE Asia since 2003 and in Bangkok since 2012, where he runs a travel tech business. Tim has followed Port FC since 2014, and is also a fan of his hometown club Coventry City, and French club AS St-Etienne. He has written for the likes of Football365, ITV.com, NME and The Quietus, and is a regular contributor to God Is In the TV. He's a keen photographer and his work can be seen on his website.

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  1. Andrew Hailstone
    Andrew Hailstone says:

    Don’t worry, give it six months, those plastic seats won’t still be there.

    Also it seems to be a Port tradition; to sign a dodgy player then isn’t good enough and then play him regardless of the clear evidence that he isn’t good enough despite having a far better option kicking heels on the bench or in the stands, who will eventually leave. It’s our thing.

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