Blunder Hassle: Port FC 0-2 Buriram Utd Match Report

 

 

Port failed to mark the re-opening of PAT Stadium with a positive result, as individual errors ultimately saw a promising first half display go to waste. We lost 2-0 to a more clinical side who showed more composure when it mattered.

The long-awaited return to the PAT was a subdued affair all-around. Despite some hardened fans queueing at the break of dawn to get the tickets on advanced sale, the restrictions deemed necessary in order to facilitate the re-opening were always going to make for a bit of a matchday mess. Those who were there were subjected to various levels of scrutiny, ranging from the non-existent to the over-zealous, and with refreshments in the stadium itself being completely off the table the fan experience was not one to write home about.

My seat in the Sportsman was not subject to any such restrictions thankfully, and suitably lubricated I thoroughly enjoyed a pretty impressive first half display from an injury-hit Port. The sight of Chappuis (6) in the XI did cause me to raise an eyebrow, but looking at the options available with Tanaboon, Siwakorn and Kannarin not in the squad there was not much I would have done differently.

 

 

There were half-chances for both sides in the first 45, but the best of those were created by Port. Suarez’ (5) delicious chipped pass for Bordin (10) was one slightly better first touch away from a golden chance, but on current form it’s not one I really expected the winger to take. He’s not quite at his confident best yet this year, for me.

 

 

Bonilla (9) was next to miscue, with a weak shot not forcing Sirawak (1) to break a sweat. The referee called a foul on Bonilla anyway, for applying his arm to the defender’s face. Classic Nelson. Roller got himself in to a very promising shooting situation a few minutes later, but his effort was similarly straight at the keeper, who once again collected comfortably.

Further half chances for Bonilla and Roller went by without that moment of quality to give Port the goal their first half performance probably deserved. But you have to show quality in the final third, and we weren’t quite able to do that.

A few minutes in to the second half Port finally created a goal. For the opposition. Supachok’s (19) hopeful ball in to the box should have been dealt with decisively by Nitipong (34), but with the ball coming in at a slightly uncomfortable height, he opted to use his chest, sending the ball up rather than away. Dolah (4) almost rescued him with a superb block from the resulting chance, but the ball came back out to Supachai (9) who struck an unstoppable shot with his left foot. Great finish, terrible defending.

Supachai, Supachok and poor defending were not done with us yet, though. Just a few minutes later, Supachai released Supachok down the left, and the young winger turned Rochela (22) inside out before getting a pretty poorly struck shot off. It was on target, though, and that’s all it had to be. Capable of brilliant moments, Worawut (36) between the Port sticks is equally capable of hideous errors, and this was one of them. It should have been a routine stop, and we should have still been in the game, with everything to play for.

 

 

Then came the petulance. Reeling from the self-inflicted 2 goal deficit and ticked off by some unbecoming Buriram antics, we started to lose our heads. Substitute Sansern (69) showed why he wasn’t given the opportunity to start in central midfield with a ridiculous kick out at Rosa which earned him a yellow. His wild shot from outside the box a few minutes later was unfortunately even less well-directed.  To be fair, Chappuis (who Sansern replaced) put an even more wildly off target effort in to Zone D in the first half.

 

 

Suarez was next in line to put the finishing touch on Port’s self-destruction from an off-the-ball incident. Chitipat (14) instigated whatever disagreement there was, but crucially the Buriram defender didn’t cross the line in to red card territory. He was on the wind-up and willing to take a yellow because he thought he could probably get Suarez on tilt. It wouldn’t be the first time he’s tried that against us, either. On this occasion he pushed his head in to Suarez’ face and Suarez gave him the most pathetic slap you’ve ever seen. If you’re going to get sent off at least lay him out, Serg. He clearly didn’t watch Fury and Wilder the other day. VAR checked the incident, and inevitably Suarez was given his marching orders. Scandalously, Chitipat got off scott free. Game over.

There’s not much point talking about the last 20 or so minutes. We were a man down and we’d lost our heads, and we were never getting back in to the game. Buriram went in to full game-management mode, with all the associated trolling. Delightful. The final whistle couldn’t come soon enough.

 

The Sandpit’s Man of the Match

 

 

Dolah had a decent game, repeatedly making Rosa uncomfortable with forceful challenges. On a day where no one in blue and orange put in a performance of note, Dolah was probably the best of the bunch for me.

 


 

All in all, a missed opportunity. This seems to be a season that any of the top teams could grab by the scruff of the neck and run away with. There is no outstanding team this year, and once again we haven’t stepped up to the plate and put our name at the front of the queue. Expect more good performances, more promising wins and then the inevitable heart-breaking loss. It’s what we do, and this year doesn’t seem to be any different. Still, at least fans are back… kind of. That’s something.

Hang in there everyone, we’ll be back to experiencing bitter disappointment with beer and buddies before too long!

 

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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