Sunday, July 22, 2012

Bangkok FC 0-1 Suphanburi

Pipat Thonkanya's late winner kept Suphanburi in the top 3 as Bangkok FC were beaten 1-0. The former Thai international player's late introduction proved pivotal as he smashed home the winner two minutes from full time.
Defensive stuff

I'll be polite and say that the first half was a cagey affair as both sides were reminiscent of the pre-Wenger Arsenal approach of playing defensive football (younger readers ask your dad).

The first real effort on goal came after the hour mark as Peeratat missed a glorious chance at the back stick with a free header from a corner.
Super sub

I've never been a great fan of zonal marking at corners and this was to be the Bulligans undoing. With two minutes left, a long corner found an unmarked Pipat beyond the same back post, and he volleyed home while umpteen home defenders were marking space inside the six yard box.

Zico takes the Balotelli bid challenge
Suphanburi's game plan was played out to perfection today as they probably just shaded the contest. They are fairly dull to watch compared to Ratchaburi or Sriracha, but they have a steely determination about them that will probably see them in the TPL next season. As for Zico, I'm a great admirer of what he has achieved and the way he conducts himself, but I'll be honest and say that his BBCU side weren't pretty to watch last season. With the attacking options that he had available to him today, I feel his new side should have been more forceful in attack. With Sarayoot set to make his debut, that should hopefully change.

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