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Rochela Scoops Second Player of the Month Award

 

El Capitan David Rochela becomes the second Port player to win The Sandpit’s Player of the Month award twice, joining Josimar Rodrigues who won in April and May. Rochela won the inaugural award in February, and has now secured the July award with an impressive 60% of the vote.

 

 

 

Port did not have the best month results-wise in July, but as usual the Spanish skipper did his utmost to keep Port in contention with his solid defensive performances. He also scored a rare goal from the spot against Chiang Rai, taking his penalty tally to 3 out of 3 for the season. Congratulations, David!

In second place was the star attacking performer Pakorn Prempak. Pakorn won the June award, and again underlined his stunning resurgence in the second half of the season by picking up 26% of the vote in July. Pakorn has always been known for his set-piece delivery and his crossing from the right, but in the last two months his decision making and tracking have improved markedly. Pakorn is getting closer and closer to being the full package.

 

 

In third place was Spaniard Sergio Suarez, who garnered 11% of the vote. Suarez shone against Chiang Rai and had two excellent performances in the cups against Ayutthaya, notching a few crucial goals in the process. If Suarez can continue to perform consistently for Port then we fully expect to see him winning one of these awards sooner or later!

 

 

Ittipol Poolsab came fourth in his inaugural appearance on our shortlist, with Andrija Kaludjerovic in last place with 0% of the vote. With the Serb’s departure being exclusively announced by The Sandpit today, I think it’s fair to say that Kalu won’t exactly be missed judging by the amount of fans who turned out for him in our poll!

An honourable mention must also go to Elias Dolah.  A few people quite rightly chastised me for not including the big Thai-Swede on the shortlist despite some excellent performances in July. Clearly I underestimated the ever-growing list of fans Dolah is accruing at Port, but you can be sure I won’t make that mistake again!

 

The Sandpit’s Port FC Player of the Month for July – Vote now!

 

Voting opens today!

Every month, The Sandpit is going to choose the Port players we think have played the best, and let our readers decide who should be named Player of the Month.

Port have had a disjointed July, with the first two games on the 5th and the 9th, and the second two on the 26th and 30th. Port started the month with a brave performance against Buriram, only being condemned to a 0-1 defeat by a comical decision from the linesman. Next up was Ubon, where a lame performance saw Port slip to a disappointing 1-2 defeat, with Kaludjerovic getting the only goal for Port. Port returned from the break with what should have been a routine victory against T3 Ayutthaya Utd, but needed a last minute own-goal to take the game to extra time, before Suarez sealed the win late on in added time. Finally, Port welcomed Chiang Rai to PAT Stadium, putting in by far their best performance of the month but once again being condemned to an unfortunate 1-2 defeat.

This month’s nominees in order of squad number are…

 

Sergio Suarez (5)

 

Ittipol Poolsap (7)

 

Pakorn Prempak (9)

 

Andrija Kaludjerovic (10)

 

David Rochela (22)

 

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Pakornholioooooooohhh!!! Winger Wins Sandpit June POTM

 

TP (Thai Port) for my bunghole! June was, let’s face it, not the greatest month in Port FC history. Limp defeats to Suphanburi and Bangkok Utd, the all too common late collapse at Navy, and an FA Cup win against Thai Fleet that was played, appropriately enough, under water, coupled with a transfer window of such staggering incompetence you wondered if La Pang had been replaced by Teresa May…it was a bad month to be a Port fan, and this was reflected in the less than enthusiastic reader response to our June POTM poll.

But anyway, here are the top 3 voted by you…

 

Pakorn – 41.3%

He may be teeth-gnashingly frustrating, but the stats don’t lie – Pakorn is, when you add up goals & assists, Port’s most productive player, and there was indeed much gnashing of teeth when he missed the trip to Suphanburi after returning somewhat out of shape after his spell as a Buddhist monk. Possibly the only time such a sentence has been written in the history of football blogging. Port’s poor attempts at corners & free-kicks in that game made us realise just how much the Ballin’ Bonze contributes to the team and his return in the Thai Fleet game, in which he scored straight from a corner, was most welcome. And he did it again against Navy. So it may have been a fairly poor month for Port, but Pakorn’s spell of making merit was enough to win him his first POTM award.

 

Genki Nagasato – 29.3%

Genki Nagasato! Genki Nagasaaaaaaaaaaatoooohhhhhhh

 

Rodrigo Maranhao – 14.7%

I would comment further on this but I’d only start banging my head against the wall and crying.

 

Look out for July’s POTM poll coming up, somewhat unsurprisingly, at the end of July.

 

The Sandpit’s Port FC Player of the Month for June – Vote now!

 

Voting opens today!

Every month, The Sandpit is going to choose the Port players we think have played the best, and let our readers decide who should be named Player of the Month.

In June, Port retuned to action after the mid-season break with 3 games in the league, and one in the FA Cup. Port’s form in the league was poor, losing 2-0 against Suphanburi and 3-0 against Bangkok Utd, but they enjoyed a comfortable win the FA Cup, beating Royal Thai Fleet 5-0. The final game of the month was a crucial trip to Navy, where Port led 2-0 before silly errors cost them dearly, and they ended up drawing a muatch they should have won. Not a vintage month, by any measure.

Nevertheless, this month’s nominees, in order of squad number are…

 

Pakorn Prempak (9)

Rattanai  Songsangchan (17)

Genki Nagasato (18)

Josimar Rodrigues (30)

Pravinwat Boonyong (55)

Rodrigo Maranhao (92)

 

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99 Voters but Muangthong aint One: Player of the Month for May

If you havin’ goal problems I feel bad for you son, he got 99 voters but Muangthong aint one…

 

Josimar Rodrigues – 62%

 

 

Josimar bagged his second consecutive Player of the Month award in a landslide vote. He hit 3 goals in 6 games this May, but it was the two spectacular volleys he hit in the space of 4 minutes against Muangthong that will have prompted most of his 99 voters to plump for him this time out. Scoring the goals that secured Port’s first victory for 8 years against their fiercest rivals will write Josimar permanently in to Port folklore, so it’s no surprise that it has carried him to a record margin of victory in our poll.

 

Worawut Srisupha & Siwakorn Jakkuprasat – 15%

In second place were two players for whom consistency was the name of the game in May. Worawut has been in top shot-stopping form ever since being brought in to the side for the injured Rattanai, and his saves were particularly vital as Port hung on to their slender lead at the SCG. It may be surprising to say that a player who has finished third and second in our last two Player of the Month competitions is almost guaranteed to be back on the bench once Rattanai is fully fit, but until Worawut learns to deal with crosses more convincingly, he will always be the bridesmaid, never the bride.

Siwakorn also had a very solid month in May, capping it off with a fine Man of the Match display against Sisaket. You know what you’re going to get from the skinny wizard: a high work-rate, consistent passing, tenacious tackling and more than likely a yellow card to top it off.

 

Elias Dolah – 6%

Elias Dolah may have only received 6% of the vote, but getting on to the ballot ahead of previously ever-present Rochela is vindication enough for his vastly improved displays. Dolah is barely recognizable from the bambi-on-ice defender that started the season, and his confidence and ability on the ball really started to shine through this month. We always knew he could win headers and tackles, but Dolah has been adding more strings to his bow as the season has progressed, and we hope this continues throughout the year.

Thanks to everyone who voted in our much more secure cheat-proof poll. We’ll be back next month to see if Josi can make it a hattrick!

 

The Sandpit’s Port FC Player of the Month for May – Voting Closed

 

Voting opens today!

Every month, The Sandpit is going to choose the Port players we think have played the best, and let our readers decide who should be named Player of the Month.

In May, Port had their busiest month of the season, playing six games of which two were won, drawn and lost. The month started with a decent away performance against Chonburi ending in a heart-breaking last minute defeat for Port, who lost 1-2. Port then put in an abject performance at home against Pattaya, deservedly losing 0-2. After the 0-0 bore-draw away at Korat it seemed that May was not going to be Port’s month, and then Muangthong away happened. Port smashed in 3 goals in 4 minutes then hung on for dear life, securing a stunning 3-2 win against their fierce rivals. A pretty poor performance but a 5-3 win at home to one-pointers Super Power was next, before Port finished the month as they started it, conceding a late goal to snatch a 2-2 draw from the jaws of victory away at Sisaket.

Here are the nominees in order of squad number…

 

Elias Dolah (4)

 

Siwakorn Jakkuprasart (16)

 

 

Josimar Rodrigues (30)

 

Worawut Srisupha (36)

 

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The Sandpit’s Port FC Player of the Month for April – Voting Closed

 

Voting opens today!

Every month, The Sandpit is going to choose the Port players we think have played the best, and let our readers decide who should be named Player of the Month.

In April Port secured 4 wins from their 5 games, catapulting them up the table in to 5th place. Their first victims at PAT Stadium were Ubon, and they followed up their impressive 1-0 victory with a stunning 3-1 win away at Chiang Rai. Port then slumped to a 0-3 loss at home to Bangkok Glass, before a rollercoaster of a game away at Sukhothai where Port just about held on for a 3-2 win. The final game saw Port host Police Tero who they outplayed and outfought for a hard-earned 2-1 win.

Here are the nominees in order of squad number…

 

Elias Dolah (4)

 

Sergio Suarez (5)

 

Pakorn Prempak (9)

 

Adisorn Daeng-rueng (13)

 

Siwakorn Jakkuprasat (16)

 

David Rochela (22)

 

Josimar Rodrigues (30)

 

Nitipong Selanon (34)

 

Worawut Srisupha (36)

 

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The Sandpit’s Port FC Player of the Month for March Is…

 

Voting for The Sandpit’s Player of the Month competition for March has now closed and the winner, incredibly by a single vote is…

The Skinny Wizard – Siwakorn Jakkuprasart!

 

 

Siwakorn, as Port fans know, is often the unsung hero in the midfield engine room. With his box-to-box midfield play, he is just as adept at starting attacks from deep as he is breaking them up when the opposition get the ball. The home games against Navy and Buriram in March were classic examples of excellent Siwakorn performances where others were largely given the plaudits. Keen observers that The Sandpit’s readers are, though, they have picked the midfield maestro to be their Player of the Month for March, albeit by a margin as skinny as one of Siwakorn’s arms! 73 votes ultimately gave Siwakorn 36% of the total, edging out…

 

David Rochela

Photo by Singhphanakon on TV

Always popular when it comes to a fan vote, Rochela’s army of supporters came up just short this time. El Capitan, as usual, marshaled his defence superbly in the two home wins, giving Port 6 points out of a possibly 9 this March. 72 votes for 35% of the total were not quite enough, though, meaning the Rochela fan club will have to redouble their efforts next month. Their main man will doubtless keep churning out the excellent performances we are all accustomed to seeing, so it would be a shock if he wasn’t on the shortlist again next month.

 

The Rest of the Nominees

 

Rattanai Sangsongchan was thought by many to be the favourite for this month’s competition. Having kept two clean sheets in his only two games, and missing the Honda disaster altogether, Rattanai had a flawless March. Whilst he leaped out to an early lead, he was slowly but surely reeled in, finishing with 13% of the vote. In order to scoop our prize in future months, Rattanai will have to become as adept at organizing his fans as he is at organizing his Port defence!

Nitipong Selanon was one of only two Port goalscorers in March, with his winning goal against Navy giving Port a potentially very important 3 points. Whether he meant it or not we don’t know, but the fans continue to appreciate Nitipong’s performances, as he picked up 11% of the vote.

Pakorn Prempak was this month’s other goalscorer. Surprisingly dropped for the away clash at Honda, he came on with his side already down 4-0 and curled in a masterful free kick to give Port’s traveling fans something to cheer about. If Pakorn wants to get more than the 4% of the vote he picked up in March, he is going to have to start performing more consistently.

Adisorn Daeng-rueng was not nominated by The Sandpit’s panel by virtue of the fact that he played just one game in March. He sat out the games against Navy and Honda, so we felt that despite his Man of the Match performance against Buriram, we couldn’t include him in our competition. Thanks to all those who asked us why he wasn’t there. If he nails down that midfield spot and keeps playing like he did against Buriram, he’ll be in the running soon enough!

 

Thanks to all 203 voters, and congratulations to Siwakorn and all the other nominees.

 

The Sandpit’s Port FC Player of the Month for March – Voting Closed

 

Voting opens today!

Every month, The Sandpit is going to choose the Port players we think have played the best, and let our readers decide who should be named Player of the Month.

In March Port secured their first clean sheet with a 1-0 win at home to Navy, before succumbing to a miserable 1-5 thrashing away at Thai Honda. The final game of the month saw Port host giants Buriram at home, where they upset the odds to hold on to a 0-0 draw.

Here are the nominees in order of squad number…

 

Pakorn Prempak (9)

Siwakorn Jakkuprasart (16)

Rattanai Songsangchan (17)

David Rochela (22)

Nitipong Selanon (34)

 

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The Sandpit’s Port FC Player of the Month for February Is…

 

Voting for The Sandpit’s inaugural Player of the Month competition has now closed and the winner is…

El Capitan David Rochela!

 

 

In a vote that was tied just hours before the deadline, a late surge of support for Port FC’s captain propelled him to victory, adding February’s Player of the Month Award to his Player of the Year award from 2016.

Rochela produced a rock solid Man of the Match performance in Port’s opening day draw against Ratchaburi and then a strong showing in the victory over Suphanburi. The final game of the month saw Port visit Bangkok Utd, where Port conceded 6 and Rochela was far from his best, but 25% of voters adjudged that his first two displays were enough to merit him taking home the award.

In online discussion about the vote, Tommie Duncan commented “Aside from his play on Sunday, Rochela kept us in the first two matches. He was superhuman. Gets my vote.” And James Clarke, although he did not vote for the Spaniard, said “If he’d not played a minute of the season, I think we’d have 0 points, can’t make that case for anyone else.”

Siwakorn Jakkuprasart

Photo by Patikamol Sukcharoen

 

In second place was the consistent Siwakorn Jakkuprasart, who was Port FC’s Man of the Match in the away defeat to Bangkok Utd, where he also scored an early contender for Goal of the Season. Whilst he did nothing particularly outstanding in the first 2 games, Siwakorn as always put in solid performances and his all-action midfield displays provided a platform for those around him to flourish. Siwakorn was tied with Rochela with just hours to go before the deadline, but ended up taking 18% of the vote to finish second.

 

The Rest of the Nominees

 

Nitipong Selanon racked up 15% of the vote to finish in third. His attacking displays from full-back really caught the eye in the opening two games, although his defensive frailties were brutally exposed against Bangkok Utd.

 

Tana Chanabut took 12% of the vote after scoring two goals, despite starting just once and coming off the bench twice. As always, Tana is a major goal threat when he’s on the pitch, and he kick-started Port’s come-from-behind victory against Suphanburi with a stunning dipping strike from outside the box.

 

Sergio Suarez also took 12%, but had one fewer vote than Tana. Suarez looked a little overawed on the opening day of the season, but came to life against Suphanburi, scooping The Sandpit’s Man of the Match award, and scoring the winning goal.

 

Rattanai Songcangchan was picked by 10% of voters, who were willing to overlook the fact that the young ‘keeper conceded 9 goals in his opening 3 games. Realistically, Rattanai could be held responsible for just one of those goals, and made some stunning saves at important moments throughout the month.

 

Pakorn Prempak picked up 8% of the vote after providing 2 assists in the opening 3 games. An inch-perfect delivery was met by a Genki header to rescue a point on the opening day of the season, and a deep looping cross deceived Bangkok Utd’s ‘keeper to give Tana a tap-in last week.

 

Thanks to all 218 people who voted before the deadline, and congratulations to Rochela and all the other nominees.