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February Farce – The Port Round-Up Nobody Wanted

Lets face it, following Thai football can be difficult in normal times; the lack of communication between clubs and fans, last minute changes of venue and match date, plus poor stadiums and facilities to mention a few aspects. Now factor in a global pandemic, a league campaign that never seems to end with empty stands and it’s no wonder everyone here at Sandpit Towers has struggled to get the match reports out. So I’ve dusted off the typewriter to keep you up to date with recent events. You might want to sit down and pour yourself a double before you start reading this…

 

Port FC 1 – 2 Buriram United FC 

After getting knocked out of the FA Cup on penalties, our conquerers Buriram returned 3 days later to face us in the league. Port gave a much better account of themselves and took the lead just after half time with a Sergio Suarez finish. Sadly they couldn’t hold onto the lead and capitulated to 2 late goals; first a near post header and minutes later Maicon was suicidally played onside by Worawut/Baresi with time to finish. True, a slight improvement in form but to concede so late easily preventable goals would be especially galling to Coach Oud, who the camera picked up slapping his own head as some self-inflicted flagellation. 

 

Oud, reacts to Oud’s call to take Bordin off

 

Police Tero FC 2 – 0 Port FC 

Madame Pang Coach Oud rung the changes for our trip north of the capital, starting with an attacking trident of Adisak, Bonilla and Boli but in truth, they were especially toothless against a well organised Police. It was truly written in the stars that 2 ex-Port players, both sadly mismanaged during their respective spells at The PAT, would score the goals. Just before the 10 minute mark Dragan Boskovic cooly finished and in the second half cult favourite carthorse Arthit “Pele” Boodjinda smashed home to double the lead. Special mention must go to our keeper Worawut who pulled off 2 exceptional saves to keep the scoreline respectable. 

 

“Pele” scored……

 

BG Pathum United FC 2 – 1 Port FC 

Sadly our form had made this match up a completely different proposition to what it could have been if we had maintained our early season form, whenever that was, and a Port win (stop laughing at the back) would not have really affected Glass’ eventual crowning as champions. The bittersweet aspect of this match is that Port at times were the better team and took the lead in the first half thanks to an acute thunderbastard volley from workhorse Ko Seul-Ki. If Port fans had been in the stadium the reaction would have been akin to Suarez’s goal at Buriram; total bedlam. Port then did the most Port thing possible and immediately conceded an equalizer to Brazilian shithouse Victor Cardozo. The second half was an enthralling affair with both teams pressing for the win but eventually it was Glass securing the points thanks to ex-Port player (getting a bit sick & tired writing that phrase) Chenrop. Yes, that Chenrop. Port had the ball in the net in the final minute of the match but VAR adjudged Suarez to have handled the ball moments before. Fuck you very much VAR. 

 

Who remembers the good ole days when VAR was going to give Port loads of marginal decisions?

 

Port FC 0 – 0 Trat FC 

Port finally secured their first point since the beginning of the month with a draw at home to lowly Trat, a team we would have murdered many moons ago. The opposition decided to show some effort and attempted to secure all the points, while the home team were disorganised, ineffective and frankly bollocks. Please can I stop writing now? 

 

“Put the round thing in the net thing” Oud passing on some much needed advice v Trat

 

So what’s going on with the team? Has the same malaise affecting this website hit the team? Trusted first teamers are dialling in performances, new signings are running around the pitch with no end product and very little tactical awareness is being shown from the bench. 4 points out of a possible 18 and knocked out of the cup speaks volumes; a truly wretched month, plus Buriram have found some steel and are hunting us down. Next up is a trip to Legoland for the Scum Vs Slum derby, and our opponents have won 5 out of 6 matches since the league restart. It’s look ominous people, and this time Jadet isn’t hanging around to swoop in and take the reins. Buckle up, we’re in for a bumpy ride.

 

Derby day

Trat-gedy Avoided: Trat FC 2-3 Port FC

 

 

Seven months. That’s the amount of time since I’ve last taken any football photos as I was in Hong Kong for Port’s last game (away at Buriram, and watched online from there) before Covid threw a spanner into the new Thai League season as well as the rest of the world. The September restart back then seemed like an eternity away, so when it did eventually roll around suffice to say things have not gone to plan so far. Having frustratingly been denied access to the PAT pitch two weeks in a row due to reduced capacity – and therefore reduced (well, zero) atmosphere – in line with social distancing overkill guidelines along with below-par performances from the team and general drama (because it wouldn’t be Thai football without some), apathy was setting in going into the game against Trat FC, a good 6 hour drive away from the capital. Yet one of the best things about being a football fan is the opportunity to engage in some groundhopping and visit places around the country that you have yet been/rarely go to – and of course any excuse to get out of the Bangkok bubble every now and again, even if it’s a bit of a trek across the eastern seaboard just to fundamentally watch 22 guys kick a ball for 90 minutes. If the pandemic has taught us anything it is that nothing should be taken for granted, including the freedom to travel, and with knowing friends around the world are currently under lockdown where they are would absolutely jump at the chance of a road trip right now, I eventually decided to rock up to Ekkamai Bus Station at the crack of dawn. Carpe diem and all of that.

 

 

With the appointment of the affable Coach Oud as the new Team Manager, the prospect of the players bouncing back against a Trat side yet to register any points after 6 rounds appealed to the hundred-or-so other Tarua faithful that also made the long early-morning journey on the disco fan bus. After confirming a place (so I thought) in the media quota for this match with Trat FC’s media team earlier, when I arrived at the stadium all the extremely limited pitchside slots were already filled up (and they were super apologetic about it and tried to find a solution for me and another regular Port photographer, which was appreciated) so decided to go into the away end and try to make the most of it.

 

 

The game itself ended up being quite the rollercoaster with all its dips, peaks, and twists. Adding to the dazy feel was the extremely muggy air that weighed down around the stadium, in which the high humidity levels kept fogging up the camera lenses. After a cagey first half an hour in which both sides had several pops at goal each, Port made the breakthrough with Heberty (37), having already had a couple of attempts, in the 34th minute as he slid in on a cross from Kevin (23) on the left. Trat however quickly hit back minutes later, as they took control of the midfield with Paso (44) latching on to a defense-splitting through ball from Jarunai (29) and emphatically lobbing the ball over Rattanai (18). The fact that he looked substantially offside only further deflated the mood in the away stand.

 

 

Nevertheless, the Klong Toey Army were boisterous again right after the break as Nitipong (34) put Port back in front while they were still re-entering the terraces with their halftime beers. He combined well with Heberty from the halfway line, as they quickly shifted the ball down the pitch before unleashing a right-footer from the penalty arc. Afterwards Trat continued to cause problems for our central defenders, while at the other end Go (8), Adisak (9), and Suarez (5) – wearing the captain’s armband tonight – found themselves thwarted by theirs. Those missed opportunities were rued in the 68th minute when Trat equalised again through a corner, as Rattanai – who was having a solid game with several top saves – lost out in the air to the head of Azadzoy (7). Cue much cursing. Tanasith (11) was subbed on to inject more pace and creativity while Rattanai redeemed himself by denying Azadzoy a second goal with a flying save.

It was a nervy final 10 minutes as both the crowd and the players were getting increasingly agitated, with Go picking up a yellow for kicking the ball away. It was the proverbial kitchen sink time trying to find that elusive winner as the minutes ticked away. Suarez, in true El Mago style as we often see him do so many times, managed to conjure up the goods when it mattered most as he nodded in Tanasith’s whipped cross from close range half a minute before the end of normal time. Cue pandemonium (after a VAR check).

Performance wise it was a very mixed bag overall with plenty to work on in training, but when your team scores a winner right at the very end of an oscillating scoreline and after such a long day, all is well in the moment. And of course, in true Port style, the booming sound system of the disco fan bus filled the night sky immediately afterwards.

 


 

Man of the Match: Heberty Fernandes

A tricky choice as no one really stood out in particular, though Heberty applied himself more effectively this week after much criticism not so much for his ability but his dedication to the cause. Can’t really argue with a goal and an assist, though I know some may disagree. Special mention to Rattanai for pulling off some superb saves yet again.

 

Who’s Trat? Trat FC vs. Port FC Preview

 

Another game, another manager.

It might not seem like it, what with the long break and the familiar figure of Jadet having been back at the helm, but by kick-off on Saturday Port will be on their third manager in just 7 games. And once again, new coach Sarawut’s tenure is unlikely to be a long one, with rumours already circulating about talks with Alexandre Gama, Jose Borges, Scott Cooper and just about anyone willing to wear a t-shirt with Madame Pang’s latest slogan on it.

Yes, Port’s enigmatic owner seems to have come full circle, returning to the wild early months of her tenure where she hired and fired 5 bosses in a single season. Assuming Sarawut, who incidentally was the assistant of the first manager Pang fired this season, is only intended to be in place until Pang finds a bigger name, we will soon be at 4 and in touching distance of Pang’s record.

So why was Jadet once again moved upstairs? Well, clearly Port weren’t performing well, despite having what many are saying is the best squad in T1. The problem is certainly not the talent available, so it must be the manager, right?

No. Whilst I’ve never been Jadet’s number one fan, limited as he is in terms of tactical nous and match preparation, he isn’t making signings, and he isn’t even picking the team. So what do you expect him to do? Give any manager in the league this surly, selfish, want-away incarnation of Heberty, a broken Bonilla, an injury-ravaged defence and the inability to do anything with them other then what they’re told, and see how much better they’d do. Also, let’s not forget that Port lost 0-2 in Jadet’s first match in charge because of floodlight maintenance, and were beaten by one of the top contenders (in my opinion) for the title in the other. What a shit-show.

Anyway, that’s my rant for this preview out of the way. Fortunately for Sarawut, our opponents on Saturday are just who you’d want to face in your first game in charge.

 

Trat FC

 

Rooted to the bottom of the table on zero points, and with an even worse goal difference than most people’s pick for last place Rayong FC, Trat look pretty hopeless this year.

It’s not all their fault though, with the club apparently facing severe financial difficulties over the last few months and having to let go some of their best players. There are even reports of the owner putting land up for sale to keep the club in business. There’s been a messy dispute over the contractual situation of their former winger Adefolarin Durosinmi, in which Trat look very much like the side in the wrong, and the contract of Wellington Priori has also been terminated, meaning that Trat are left with just one foreign quota player – Brazilian striker Ricardo Santos (11). A decent foreign striker by all accounts, capable of giving centre backs a tough evening and popping up with the odd goal, Santos will be the main man for Port to watch out for. Their Asian quota player is Mustafa Azadzoy (7) is also a handy attacker.

 

 

Combative former Muangthong and Thailand winger Mongkol Tossakrai (23) is a shrewd loan signing, and young forward Sittichok Paso (44) also comes with something of a reputation, despite failing to score goals almost everywhere he’s been. He’s young and he’s a forward, you see.

 

 

Their goalkeeper, Todsaporn Sri-reung (81) is a capable T1-standard stopper, and in front of him Amani Aguinaldo (12) looks half decent albeit with a pretty poor defence around him and little protection from midfield.

Bottom line is, if we get beat by this lot, we’re in real trouble.

 

Port FC

 

Did I say I was done ranting earlier? Sorry, I lied.

In my opinion Port’s main problem last Saturday was poor individual performances. There is also something missing from the team as a whole, but I’ll get to that later. In a game like this, it will probably just take a couple of decent performances from our forward players to get the job done.

Heberty (37) was, for me, the worst of Port’s forwards last week, and I honestly don’t hold any hope of him turning his form around. He just doesn’t look like he wants to be here, and seems to be playing badly as a protest. He’s that good that he can’t be this bad. I detest his attitude, and I wouldn’t be sad to see us just de-register him and send him back to where he came from.

 

 

Suarez (5) was also having his second consecutive off-day, but we’ve seen enough of the Spaniard to know that his poor form isn’t through lack of effort, and I’m sure he’ll turn it around soon enough. He invariably does.

Pakorn (7) wasn’t great, but he was mostly a victim of Heberty being more Pakorn than Pakorn. Credit to anyone who understood that. As we’ve said ad nauseum Pakorn is too lazy and too selfish, but last Saturday he consistently found himself in good positions only for Heberty to refuse to pass him the ball, preferring instead to take 30 yard pot-shots or using his weaker foot when he could have played Pakorn in on his stronger foot. Please never play them together again, and I know which one I’d pick given the choice.

Bordin (10) was excellent again when he came off the bench. God knows whose idea it was to put him there after being Port’s best player last time out. Starting Kevin (97) on the wing is a workable option against certain opposition, but I prefer to see it employed late on against teams with a tiring full back where Kevin’s pace can stretch the defence.

 

 

Go (8) and Kanarin (31) were uninspiring in midfield, but I have faith they’ll improve with match sharpness. The same can be said of the defence. Todsapol (6) and Dolah (4) both made blunders that we shouldn’t be seeing at a club with ambitions of winning the title, and those errors have to be cut out.

Rattanai (18) was excellent, and without him between the sticks we would surely have lost by more.

 


 

So what can we expect from new coach Sarawut? Well, I assume his remit is to bring back the boring but functional style that Choke employed, but doing so with a believable smile and a ‘Trust Pang’ shirt. Expect less attacking from the full backs, more discipline from the wingers and less fluid changes of position up top. It worked for Choke in the first four games, and against limited opposition, I can see us getting a win here, although I think it might just be by the one goal.

 


 

The match will be shown on True Visions 357 at 19:00 on Saturday 26 September, 2020. With it being a long away trip, we’re expecting out first big crowd since the restart in The Sportsman on Sukhumvit 13, who will show the match with sound and a 10% discount on drinks for Port fans. See you there!

 

Trat’s the Way to Do It! Port FC 4-1 Trat FC

 

 

Trat FC travelled to Klong Toei looking full of confidence after a comprehensive beatdown of Suphanburi at the weekend. They sported an all white away kit with red and grey stripes running down the front.  This immediately had me thinking of our last three black away kits that even the keenest Port supporter couldn’t tell apart. The two clubs have only had the pleasure of meeting a couple of times. The first came when Port was briefly labeled Singhtarua FC, our mascot a winged lion, Mighty Kiatjaroen the captain and King Leandro the top scorer in the league.  Those were happy times at the PAT and the sight of the “White Elephants” galloping up from the eastern beaches near the bottom of the table couldn’t have come at a better time.

 

Port had struggled to score in the last two league fixtures and there was an uneasy atmosphere at the start of the game from the home supporters. Both teams came out full of energy, looking to take points from a crucial mid week game.  Port were attacking Zone B in the first half and the first chance of the evening came in the fifth minute when Suarez (5) found himself with the ball at the corner of the left goal box. Pakorn (7) was positioned in front of the goal for an easy square ball but the shot from Suarez was easily saved by the Trat keeper (Tossaporn).  

 

The next 10 minutes of action were muted by poor passing but quickly pick up when Port started to move the ball wider to the wings, all three of them.  Pakorn (7) was menacing down the right all night and the play of Bodin (10) and Boskovic (23) was excellent teamwork down the left but often “left” us without a striker in the middle.  Port earned its first corner of the game after 15 minutes and the crowd finally came to life when the defender (40) miss played the Pakorn corner and clearly handled the ball, the ref waved play-on to the dismay of the fans behind the goal.  This was the first of many poor refereeing decisions followed by customary decent that had plagued the team in Sukhothai. Several waves of attacked followed with no result and the frustration of the last home game versus PTT could be felt with chances gone lost.  But the Port faithful didn’t have to wait much longer to “open the door” when Bodin collected the ball at left side of midfield and ran at the defence like a young Ryan Giggs. Kevin made a parallel run down the left wing in support, Bodin cut inside at the top of the box drawing the defence. He looked at goal but pushed the ball to Kevin on the wing, Kevin cut a pass back to a Suarez one timer that finished splendidly in the upper left corner for the first goal of the half.

 

Port were now in control but the referee seemed to be channeling Howard Webb (never trust a cop) and kept blowing the whistle at every chance he could get, thus killing the flow of the game.  Port immediately started complaining and challenged the ref about a foul at midfield. While half the team was bitching about the call, Trat striker (10) took a quick free kick down the right channel to (23) who moved into the box shooting low, the keeper parried the shot but the winger (40) scored on the rebound.  All even and frustration filled the stadium. However, Port’s reaction to the equalizer was fierce, they woke up and were stronger after conceding the goal.  Siwakorn (16) and Go (8) quietly bossed the midfield, distributing nce nice passes to the plethora of wingers selected for the contest. Just two minutes later Pakorn raced down the right side and looked to find Boskovic with a sublime cross. The crowded roared at the second clear penalty shout when the defender (41) clearly handled the ball, again waved off by the ref.  Two minutes later Nitipong (34) made an overlapping run down the right flank, he moved to the edge off the box and slipped a pacey square ball to Suarez who sent a curling chip over the keeper to the left side of the goal. Brilliant strike and a lead for Port going into halftime.

 

Slow starts to the second period are a Port trademark but this game was different. At halftime I imagined the team talk from Jadet going something like this, “Hey guys, we usually start slow but we have the lead so let’s be smart, keep our heads and go on to win this game.” To the contrary the boys came out flying, aggressive and undisciplined.  Five questionable and unnecessary fouls in the first five minutes gave Trat chances they didn’t deserve. A few corners and two free kicks just outside the box had the opposition looking good to equalize early in the second half. Port were not flustered and strong defending from center backs Dolah (4) and Tassapon (6) shut down any Trat attack. Port again started attacking from wide positions.  Boskovic found himself on the right this time and raced towards the goal. He reached the box and sent a weak cross to Suarez who jumped over the ball and tumbled like he had been hit by a car which drew yet another free kick. Pakorn spotted the ball about 25 yards in front of the goal and seconds later sent a screaming shot through the wall for the third goal of the game for Port.

 

Relief for the fans but the pace of the game was still unpleasant. Quite frankly it was ugly, “a horrible game” according to Peter, “The refs not allowing them to play,” said James.  Suarez a yellow card for complaining about a bad foul. By the 75th minute I was frustrated too but Arthit (29) was to come to the rescue. The boy has energy, and every time he’s on the pitch we look like scoring.  He came on for Pakorn which gave us a third option down the left wing. Port then earned a corner with attacking play from a much improved Boskovic. Panpanpong (19) delivered a beautiful ball to the six yard box and Arthit headed a thumping goal to wrap up the game and give Port an emphatic 4-1 home win.  

 

The Sandpit Man of the Match – Sergio Suarez

There were impressive performances all over the pitch last night, notably Dolah, Niti, Go, Bodin, Siwakorn, Boskovic & Arthit, but the MOTM award has to go to the SS, who scored two absolutely sublime first half goals that would’ve had pundits absolutely creaming themselves if Messi or Neymar had scored them. Sergio has been slow to get up & running this season but those two goals, and two yellows in two games for arguing with referees, show that he’s getting back to his best, which can only be a good thing for Port’s title campaign. (TR)

 

I Smell A Trat: Port FC vs. Trat FC Preview

 

What was shaping up to be the most straightforward of home fixtures for Port this Wednesday has, after the weekend’s results, taken on a rather different complexion. Whereas Port’s lack of discipline led to a surprising 1-3 surrender against a Sukhothai side they were expected to beat, winless Trat absolutely hammered undefeated Suphanburi 4-0 in one of the shock results of the season so far. With two coaches having already claimed gold and silver in this season’s sack race, Jadet will be uncomfortably aware that if at least one positive result is not delivered in the first week of April, then he could well find himself the final man on the podium.

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Trat’s Entertainment! Trat FC 2-3 Port FC (Chang FA Cup R3)

 

 

A one-day trip to Trat with Spiderming and the Thai fans? 10 hours in the bus? It was going to be a long trip, but what the hell, I decided to go anyway.

 

Almost 40 people joined the big Tarua bus leaving the PAT at 9:30 AM and after 4 hours, 4 LEO boxes and 5 whisky bottles we got to Chanthaburi where we stopped for lunch in a touristy spot with a food court and loads of shops. After an hour stop for lunch we headed to the Taksin Camp and the King of Thonburi memorial for of course a praying session while I hung around those handsome soldiers.

 

 

OK, have a look at the outside of our bus – you can see those massive speakers and that was the reason why people stared at us when we arrived at the Trat FC stadium. WE ARE TARUA so we gotta make some noise wherever we go. After a warm welcome from the Trat FC fans and free tickets from our Tarua staff, we were ready for the game. Port started with strong team but how poor they played for the first 20 minutes! After some bad defending by Kevin (97) and Rochela (22), Trat scored their first goal via Tardeli at minute 21.

The second half began with an apparently long way offside goal by Trat striker Tardeli (though I saw he was onside when I watched the video) – more bad defence from our defenders, and a bad bad bad feeling for us so far and we started to regret to take such a long trip to come to support our players when they didn’t look like they cared about the game.

 

 

Then Jadet made a big change, Panpanpong (19) for Bodin (10) and Kevin moved forward which worked almost immediately as Kim (8) scored from a Boskovic headed assist – 2-1 and there was still hope.

Then our fans ran out of whisky as they been caught by Trat security, so the other guy decided to go out during the game and buy more; when he came into the stadium with a glass of ice, people start shouting at him but he quickly calmed them down and took out the whiskey bottle out of his anus (are you quite sure about this? Ed). Hopefully the taste didnt change after the long time hidden in his arse to go through security.

Adisorn (13) got the ball near the Trat goal but was tackled by…hang on, that was Suarez (5), thought he played for Port? What the hell is going on down there? Anon (20) then came on for  Adisorn and the team played much better and we got the second goal at minute 81 – Panphanphong with a nice cross to Kim, who headed to Suarez and he didnt’ make any mistake to score our second goal to equal the score. What a great header from Kim though.

 

 

4 into minutes extra time, a flick back from Suarez, Kim took it nicely and passed to Kevin, who finished beautifully. What is more exciting than a late winning goal? Port won 3-2 and Trat went out of the FA Cup, along with Muangthong who lost to Chiang Rai on penalties – we won, that’s great, but even greater when you know your enemy has lost!

End of the game and it was time to stop at 7-11 to buy some more alcohol for the way back home, followed by a late dinner by the road at Chanthaburi. We got back to PAT Stadium at 2am and I headed home with 3kg of mangosteen from Chanthaburi at the end of a long away trip with our great fans. I need a good sleep now!

 

Tim’s Sandpit Man of the Match – Kim Sung Hwan

Make no mistake, Port got out of jail here after a first half that was as poor as the Chainat game. With Port’s big beasts failing to show up, Kim took the game by the scruff of the neck and almost single-handedly dragged Port into the quarter-finals with probably his finest performance in a Port shirt so far. A goal, two assists, and the kind of on-pitch leadership that the team so badly needed at 2-0 down. He needs to play like this more often.

 

Trat’s the Way: Trat FC vs. Port FC Preview, 25 July 2018

 

Port travel to Thailand’s eastern border this Wednesday trying to avoid another disastrous cup shock and keep their FA Cup dream alive. The game sets up very similarly to Port’s last 32 victory over PTT Rayong. Trat are also engaged in the same tight race towards the top of the T2 table, and seem likely to put league before cup, potentially resting some key players with Sunday’s clash against in-form Army United in mind. They sit just 2 points above fifth placed team Chiang Mai. Meanwhile, Port are still struggling with injuries, although with main man Sergio Suarez back in the side and the emergence of some rather useful talent in Port’s ranks last week, these worries are not as serious as they have been of late.

 

Trat FC

Players to Watch

 

Former Scummer and Thai league veteran Milan Bubalo (7) is the most eye-catching name, but it turns out that Brazilian striker Barros Tardeli (37) is the key man. Tardeli, top-scorer for Trat last season with 18, has already equalled that total in 2018, making him T2’s top scorer by a cool 5 goals. Don’t take your eyes off former T1 star Bubalo, though. After spending just shy of 2 months with Trat, he has already notched 7 goals in the league. And 4 yellow cards. Typical. Quite the forward line.

 

Barros Tardeli and Milan Bubalo

 

Behind them, Japanese midfielder Yuki Bamba (23) has 5 goals, whilst centre back and captain Hiromichi Katano (4) has many years of experience, including 2 seasons with T1 Sukhothai behind him. There are no Thai players who particularly catch the eye, although with a strong foreign spine, and under the stewardship of former Port favourite Dusit Chalermsan, Trat will be no pushovers.

 

Form

 

This lot love a goal-fest. They’ve scored 19 in their last 6 league games and conceded 12. In just 6 games! They really, really love a goal-fest. The pick of the bunch was a 7-5 victory over Kasetsart, and in total they have won three, drawn two and lost just the one: a 5-2 defeat against league leaders PTT Rayong.

 

Port FC

Options

 

Worawut (36) will probably continue in goal after playing most of Port’s cup games in both FA and League Cups, although with the stakes getting higher each round and Rattanai (17) turning in two spectacular performances in recent weeks, it could go either way.

Port will be happy to welcome Nitipong (34) back in to the fold, after stand-in right back Chakrit (9) put in a less than convincing performance in his absence. Nitipong still has two more games to sit out in the league, but is available in the cup. Dolah (4) is also returning to fitness, and although it would certainly be nice to have back in the side with certified big bastard Bubalo leading the Trat line, Todsapol (6) is surely the best option on Wednesday.

In midfield, Anon (20) announced his arrival in Khlongtoei with a picture-perfect midfield performance. Calm, solid and intelligent with and without the ball, this 20 year old is a much more technically proficient defensive midfielder than Adisorn (13), and is a less creative but more dependable option than Siwakorn (16). The Thin White Duke is likely still out with a mystery injury, meaning that Jadet will have to choose between Adisorn and Anon to partner Kim (8). With Buriram and Bangkok United coming up in the league, whoever plays against Trat is probably the one Jadet sees as less important.

Going forward, Jadet engaged in a bit of creative team selection last week by picking Kevin (97) on the left wing and dropping Panpanpong (19) in to defence in his place. After the two had stepped on eachother’s toes to 45 minutes however, normality was restored. Expect two wingers to be playing on the wings on Wednesday, with Bodin (10) a dead cert, and Terens (28) probably his most likely partner. Pakorn (7) really should be rested after his recent bout of exhaustion, with Chakrit (9) and Somprasong (14) providing alternative options. The latter, another former Leicester and OH Leuven trainee, is the dark horse by virtue of Anon’s impressive debut. Who knew that training with top flight European teams for years makes you a rather useful player?

 

Predicted Lineup

 

 


 

The TV situation for the last round was a complete disaster. An official stream was promised but it never materialized, so I ended up watching most of it on the Facebook live stream of a fan in Zone B. This time it’s apparently on True Sport 6 and True Sport HD 4 and kickoff is at 18:00. The Sportsman will show it on a big screen if you ask them, and wear your Port shirt for a 10% discount. 

 

Trat! That Was Liquid Football: Port Face White Elephants in FA Cup R3

 

Having comfortably seen off T2 leaders PTT Rayong in R2 of the 2018 Chang FA Cup, Port face the second-placed team in the division next week when they travel down the eastern seaboard to Roy Hodgson’s favourite beach resort, Trat.

The White Elephants have proved anything but superfluous this season and are in with a very good shout of making the surprise jump to T1, and with former Muangthong/Pattaya goal machine Milan Bubalo up front, Port could be in for a tricky evening. Will Trat go for it, or will they cast the cup aside as Rayong did in order to focus on their promotion bid? Let’s hope it’s the latter, and that Port will have a comfortable passage to the quarter finals in what is, barring a 1996 Newcastle-esque collapse from Buriram, their last chance of silverware this season.

Trat FC vs Port FC

Wednesday 25 July 2018, 18:00 at Trat Stadium

See Spiderming for fan bus bookings