This is the negative side of being a star of the team: you will always get opportunities left and right but if you waste them, it will not be easy.
That aside, the team performance was unsatisfactory against PTT Rayong FC
According to their coach, the Phuket squad on the night was a “rotation”, which meant they dropped most of their A-team and played their second string side instead.
But in reality Phuket FC played almost their best side, and shuffled just a few positions – notably Phuket boy Kittitach Kraithong, who didn’t get to touch the ball much for most of the first half.
The 4-1-4-1 formation was only functioning at 50 per cent, the working part being the 4-1 defence.
In my humble opinion, this Back Four plus Assawin at defensive midfield is the best Phuket FC has ever had. But what’s the point of having a good defense when your offence can’t score?
Coach Paniphol’s decision to replace Kampon with Adisak as goalkeeper proved to be the right move, but there are still other big problems for the coach to solve.
He has good numbers of midfielders, but what he lacks is good wingers on both sides who understand his game plan and know how to put it in to action.
The men he has now don’t seem right for the job: he needs natural wingers who will run the sidelines and cross the ball in for his strikers to take the kill shot.
Most fans think Phuket FC’s loss on Saturday was acceptable as they want their beloved team to focus mainly on Yamaha League 1, where some teams have started to stand out from the others after three games played.
The competition for Thai Premier League promotion will be fierce and, even if this race is more like a marathon than a sprint, Phuket FC will need to keep up, not catch up, and try to stay in the ‘Top Five’ throughout this season.
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