Monday, 15 August 2011

Muangthong United 0 Osotspa Saraburi M150 0 - report

Omens aplenty before this one, a former MTU coach mentioning that we could look considerably weaker without Teerasil - who turned out to be suspended for this game - a short but phenomenal downpour that rendered our 10 million baht drainage system as useless as ever and delayed kick off by one hour. Of course, a wet pitch can be dangerous, as it punishes the body more. Two of our squad had little or no experience on such surfaces...

Kawin (GK), Thiemba (RB), Diarra (CB), Zesh (CB), Kayem (LB), Datsakorn (MD), Dagno (MD), Arromsawa (MD), Jakkaphan (LW), Chris (RW), Fowler (ST).

Sure enough, the surface took its toll on Zesh and he went off injured around the 25 minute mark, replaced by Adisak, as Siaka dropped back to defence. (That now marks all three of our regular centre backs off the “fit and available" list. )Nawapol became a second casualty shortly after, to be replaced by Pitchipong.
Whenever there's a downpour, the left side of the pitch - from the view of a North Stand fan -  becomes  little more than a pond. That makes passing very awkward and naturally favours the visiting team. Today was no different. MTU’s best chance was a cheeky free kick by Fowler that the goalie palmed away.

By the second half things had eased up and more chances came MTU’s way, mainly thanks to Christian. A fantastic opportunity came Fowler’s way courtesy of his African team-mate, but somehow it went wide (see the video below at the 1:17 mark). The rest of the game was a story of both sides working hard, MTU creating more but looking unusually blunt without Teerasil or even Ahnon, who did appear late on.

So two points dropped and two more players on the injury list. On the bright side, most of the team worked very hard, Diarra looks capable in defence and Zesh has confirmed there is no tear in his leg. It will be interesting to see who gets selected for Chonburi in TLC in midweek and then the fake local derby with TOT next week.

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