Stingless Wasps Eventually Swatted: Port 2-0 Prachuap Toby’s Take

 

Standard team line up pic and that sky

 

It was a game of two halves at PAT Stadium this weekend for the visit of PT Prachuap. Port claimed the victory but it wasn’t pretty at times and needed an inspired substitution to spark the revival in form.

 

Firstly I must applaud the club for being much better organisation this matchday. Granted, the crowd was much smaller than the match against Buriram but they handled the entry, document checks and general accessibility very well this time around. There was even a free gift of hand gel, with the quote “honesty is the best policy” on it which you know is a little weird. Keeping with the weird theme, coach Dusit reached for the lottery ball machine for his line up, selecting Worawut “Baresi” Namvech at left back and leaving 2 specialist full backs on the bench, and sticking with Charyl Chappuis in place of the suspended Suarez.

 

The less said about the first half the better. It was a terrible watch. I brought my other half along and almost felt like apologizing to her. She described it as “watching boys” which I’m not sure if that’s a scathing Chinese put down or just an honest assessment of what we witnessed. The formation, passing and movement in both offensive and defensive phases was woeful. The 3 centre backs played a very stretched defensive line with Dolah crowding out Roller and Pakorn, and on the other side Baresi couldn’t offer any penetration because that’s not his usual position. Chappuis was again ineffective, his best moment was dropping deep to play a lovely 25 yards pass to Bordin but he couldn’t affect anything in the second striker role. Prachuap had the best 2 chances early in the half with 2 fizzing crosses from the right and Bonilla had Port’s best chance but just lobbed over the crossbar.

 

A first half to leave you needng a nap

 

The second half thankfully brought some initiative and energy from Port and they dominated the next 45 minutes. Dusit thankfully recognised the deficiencies from the first half and threw on Patino in place of Chappuis, and clearly instructed Bordin to play more centrally in order to create more chances. I was very critical of Patino playing as a striker against Samut Prakan last week but it’s clear he’s an attacking midfielder and was the catalyst for the victory.

 

Several chances were squandered until the breakthrough in the final 15 minutes. First Roller seized on a loose ball then touched it to Bonilla. He then drove into the box and squared the ball for Bordin to head into an empty net. The Prachuap back line appealed for offside but VAR confirmed the Port winger had managed to just stay onside. A few moments later a Pakorn corner was headed/shouldered into the net by Patino for his first goal for the club and that settled matters. You’ll have noticed I haven’t mentioned anything else about the opposition and that’s on purpose; they didn’t offer much in the second half apart from some shithouse antics from their keeper.

 

One nil Port, lets celebrate (after a lengthy delay).

 

On reflection it’s fair to say Dusit recognised the problem and found the perfect solution for the second half but the initial team selection and the tactics were once again poor. The players selected are unable to do their jobs for a variety of reasons so maybe the task isn’t to try to hammer home a strategy that the players are not comfortable in executing but tinker and find the formation and starting line up that can create a formidable team. Know Port and Thai football in general. I’m not holding my breath but let’s see which team turns up for the visit of Chonburi next weekend.

 

MOTM: Javier Patino

 

Both goalscorers could have won the award but Bordin was part of the first half clusterfuck and Patino was the catalyst which started the revival. Clearly he should be Suarez’s replacement in the event of an injury and childishly earned suspension.

Toby Knight

Toby Knight

North Londoner, Arsenal fan and believer in lucky cigars, Toby happily stumbled upon Port FC 4 years ago. The rest, as they say, is history.

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