But despite the loss, and also dropping down to 8th in the 12-side table, the Andaman Dragon still remain only seven points adrift of the table leaders Nara United still with seven games left to play.
In addition, it looks like the team has finally found a striker who can score. They recently signed Delphin Abena from Kalasin FC who scored a brace during Sunday’s game.
The other player to get on Phuket’s score sheet was Thai centre forward Akkarapol Meesawat (17).
Speaking after the game, Phuket FC’s coach Pittaya “Odd” Phimarnman remained positive about the overall performance of the squad.
“That was one of our best performances of the season so far,” he said.
“”But saying that, each and every player we have in the squad gives their best performance in every game they play,” he added.
It was Abena who opened the scoring for Phuket giving them a 0-1 lead in the early stages of the first 45, and the score remained at 0-1 until the half-time whistle.
But during the break, Phuket’s Seon Power, who had taken a knock in the first-half, was deemed unfit to continue in the second-half, this forcing Coach Odd to make some serious changes to the squad. And without central defenders Sato Yusuke and Baek Yong-sun, this meant Coach Odd had to use some players out of position.
It also left Phuket without any much needed height on the field.
Yala managed to get an equaliser early in the second half, but Phuket soon managed to regain the lead with a goal from Akkarapol. Abena then extended the lead with his second of the game.
Phuket held on well for the duration of the second-half, but three goals in quick succession from Yala gave them the victory.
“It was the injury to Seon that changed the game. For the second half I had to switch the players around and change our game plan, but it didn’t work,” said Coach Odd.
“It was my mistake and I fully accept that,” he added.
The loss dropped Phuket down to eighth in the league table still on 19 points, while Yala went up one place to third on 23 points.
Phuket return home to Surakul Stadium this weekend when they are set to take on bottom of the table Nakhon Si Heritage.
The game is due to take place on Sunday (July 31) wiith kick-off set for 7pm. Entrance if B50 and free for kids who can present a student ID card.
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