Thursday, 20 September 2012
TOT 2 (4) MTU 2 (3)
This was an exciting cup-tie that must have provided plenty of interest for neutral observers. Much of it played according to expectation, with MTU piling on early pressure with an attacking lineup. The script was only broken when TOT hit an almost-instant reply to Paulo’s opener. A great free kick by Mario restored the lead but TOT once again hit back with a second goal from Paunovic.
Credit to TOT who matched us in every department through both legs and deserved this win. Most of our squad played very well and looked very committed on the night. My only concern is our signing from Thai Port, Ekapoom, who strikes me as a “luxury” player who’s happy to perform neat footwork when things are going well but even allowing for his small frame, seems far too happy to go down when the pressure is on.
The only downside of this fixture was some very unsporting behaviour on both sides, including pulling down a player's shorts at a vital moment (funny, yes, acceptable, no) and lots of aggressive behaviour. As far as I'm concerned, if it's on camera (which it is) why on earth should players be allowed to get away with it?
Man of the match:
Datsakorn Thonglao provided a gritty performance in midfield to engineer most of our attacks.
Photo credits: Jirawat Srikong