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Phuket FC in goalless draw, in need of a striker

FOOTBALL: Phuket FC opened the second half of the AIS Southern Region Division 2 season with a goalless draw against Satun United on Sunday evening (July 10), with coach Pittaya “Odd” Phimarnman saying that the team is in urgent need of a striker.


Matt Pond

Tuesday 12 July 2016, 03:18PM

Phuket FC’s captain, Sato Yusuke protests one of the referee’s poor decisions. Photo: Har Jib
Phuket FC’s captain, Sato Yusuke protests one of the referee’s poor decisions. Photo: Har Jib

But Satun Unted’s twelfth man – the referee – could also be top blame for the result remaining goalless, with a number of decisions going against the hosts.

Going into Sunday’s game, Phuket sat at seventh in the league table with 15 points, just six points from the top spot, while Satun were at ninth on 13 points.

With the team now under new management, and with a handful of new additions to the starting 11, Phuket played a very different style of football to what fans had come accustomed to if the first half of the season, however, it was clear from the off that refereeing decisions going against the Andaman Dragon will be something that will continue as it has since the start of their 2016 campaign.

The first poor decision came about 15 minutes into the first 45 when Phuket’s Nattapoom Maya clearly had his legs taken away by Satun’s Chaiya Nakaree inside the penalty box, however, the ref waved play on.

And by the 30-minute mark, Phuket had already seen three players awarded yellow cards, with zero being handed out Satun despite them being by far the dirtier and physical of the two teams.

But it was late into the second 45 that Phuket had the worst decision go against them, a strike from outside the box Phuket was blocked by the arm of a Satun United defender inside the penalty area, and once again, and only the ref can know why he decided not to give a penalty.

Sadly, it appears that bad refereeing is something both the fans and squad of Phuket FC are going to be faced with again and again this current season, something which they have had to contend with for several seasons now.

But on the bright side, the overall performance by the Andaman Dragon was positive, and with the addition of a much needed striker they could well be heading towards the top-end of the table in the not so distance future.

Zurich Bread

Speaking to The Phuket News after the game, Coach Odd said, “At half-time I told the players to concentrate and be more confident in their attacks, but we all know that we are lacking a killer in the penalty box, and I am waiting for them to come to the club.

“Maybe a striker can be sent down from the sky, or perhaps from the moon, but we desperately need a one,” he said.

“If anybody out there knows [Lionel] Messi or someone like him, then please can you call them and let them know that Phuket FC need them,” he said.

Despite only taking a point from the game, the result actually moved Phuket FC up one place in the AIS Southern Region Division 2 table to sixth on 16 points, but now eight points off top of the table Nara United. Satun remained in ninth now on 14 points.

The team now faces two away games, the first against Hatyai FC on Sunday (July 17) who sit just below Phuket at seventh in the table also on 16 points, this followed by a game against Yala United who currently sit at fourth with 20 points on July 24.

The Andaman Dragon then return home on July 31 when they take on Nakhon Si Heritage.

The Phuket News is proud media sponsor of Phuket FC.



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