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Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
« Reply #60 on: October 29, 2015, 03:00:23 PM »
Next game is 7pm k.o. on SATURDAY 31st v Saraburi.
Thanks Thaiwolf - another good win. Puts us firmly in 8th but waiting for a few difficult games, as you said before. And Saraburi on Saturday is winnable !
Yes Tuck can shake 'em up a bit and I like that about him - is it right he's got just one TPL goal this season ?
We met a BEC player in a park at Chantaburi a few months ago. Foda Diakite a Chonburi player then on loan to BEC. We were in a park early morning at the exercise machines and he kindly offered help as we couldn't work out what to do with one of those machines ! A real Gent he was - very polite. We chatted a bit and I asked him to go easy on my boys (Swatcats) and maybe he did LOL .... was he playing ?
The BEC game reads a little like many Swatcat's games - not appearing to be the best side but getting the result.
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Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
« Reply #61 on: October 29, 2015, 04:02:11 PM »
The Swatcats seek to keep their 8 match unbeaten run going on Saturday against a struggling Saraburi side. This “Local derby” should provide the home team with a comfortable 3 points but with Saraburi battling to avoid relegation, the match could provide a real test for the men from Korat.
 

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Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
« Reply #62 on: October 29, 2015, 06:36:54 PM »
Yes Roger, he did play. The few footballers playing in Thailand that I have met have all been ultra polite and well educated. Players of African decent (can I say that?) have all been very friendly and easy to talk to.

Lee Tuck is not playing as a real striker the way the Swatcats play him hence lack of goals. He tends to play deeper and also because he takes all the corners, he can never get those little tap ins that strikers usually get. He was top goalscorer in the Premier League a few seasons ago so he does have goals in him if played appropriately
 

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Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
« Reply #63 on: October 30, 2015, 05:45:16 AM »
Fode (corr.) is from the Ivory Coast according to Wiki. I see he's played 20 times for BEC this year.
'African descent' is PC OK I believe. Not sure if 'Negro' is still ok or not ?
I bumped into Noah Chivuta in 'Rim Living' a while ago and he too was most amiable.

Regarding Lee Tuck - we must play him up front then !!!

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Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
« Reply #64 on: November 01, 2015, 08:16:41 AM »
Dateline 31st October 2015

 NRFC 1 SARABURI 1

In front of what I estimate to be a lowly 15 000 attendance at the 80th Anniversary Stadium, the Swatcats extended their unbeaten run to nine games. The Red Knights were cheered on by a pretty high turnout of away fans – well done to them!!
 The first half saw the home side pressing effectively but unable to convert the final pass. Saraburi raided forward sporadically and looked dangerous on the break. As the first half ended the home team created a couple of chances but the half ended in a 0-0 stalemate.

In the second half, a speculative Lee Tuck shot looped over the keeper to give the home team a deserved first lead. The men in orange continued to press and chances came but again the threat of the Red Knights on the break was plain to see.
The inevitable eventually happened and a well worked goal gave the Saraburi team probably a deserved and valuable away point.

In conclusion a decent performance from the home team, matched in spirit and adventure by their struggling neigbours. On this performance The Red Knights have a decent chance of jousting with the big boys next season – best of luck to them, I hope they stay up.
 
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Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
« Reply #65 on: November 01, 2015, 10:26:58 AM »
Thanks Thaiwolf for the report - I didn't go this time. You mention attendances and they have dropped - IMO this is due to the increased admission charges. The Main Stand is now B150 and the other side B120 I believe. A big increase over the B50 and B30 a few years ago. The big increase this season makes it too expensive for some with kids etc who used to go before. Better than Arsenal though at B3,500 !!!
Good result as you say and disappointing after taking the lead. But Saraburi are on a decent run and are unbeaten for 4 games at least.
Regarding our much lamented defense, I notice that above us Suphanburi, BKK Utd, Ratchaburi and Chonburi have conceded the same or more goals as the Swatcats who however have scored less than any other top TEN team !
I see that Osotspa managed to score 3 against Buriram who got 6 however - and now await with trepidation the away fixtures at Buriram and Muang Thong ..........
Thanks for the update and ATB
 

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Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
« Reply #66 on: November 01, 2015, 11:31:45 AM »
Hi Roger, just for a change I sat at the Scoreboard end yesterday. 60 bt!!!!!! This must be the best value to watch football in Thailand. I was ok with the result. I want our near neighbours to stay up.
 

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Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
« Reply #67 on: November 01, 2015, 11:45:35 AM »
Interesting comments on the goals for and against Roger. It seems that in the first half of the season we were able to score freely but at the same time we were conceding lots of goals. Recently we have been able to keep a few clean sheets (god knows how in my opinion!!) but our goal scoring has been lacking. This perhaps suggests a tactical move by the coach to help fix the early defensive flaws. I am not sufficiently tactically savvy to have noticed the change but the team does seem to be playing deeper. If this has been a decision by Kambe, it may have contributed to our 9 game unbeaten run.
 

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Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
« Reply #68 on: November 05, 2015, 08:18:52 PM »
Hey TW.
I received an email from an unknown Guy at Chonburi wanting to ask me some questions about the coming game !
Wow that makes 2 people in 68 years ever asked me for a football opinion !
He says he will email the questions tomorrow .....
All the money has gone from my Bank account - just joking.
If it looks legit can I give him your email or refer him to you on KF ?
I think he wants to sign me on as a No 10 for Chonburi having examined ancient records, but modesty prevents me saying so.
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Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
« Reply #69 on: November 06, 2015, 07:28:16 AM »
Hi Roger, it's probably Dale from the Chonburi FC website. I contribute regularly to his website so it's all koshe. He has all my contact details.
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Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
« Reply #70 on: November 06, 2015, 08:16:39 AM »
NRFC v Chonburi Sunday 15th Nov. 7.00 pm Preview.

The upcoming encounter pits top 5 team Chonburi Sharks against league newcomers NRFC and offers an intriguing matchup which I think could go either way.
Chonburi are a more technically gifted outfit but their season has been blighted by a plethora of draws which has dented their Championship ambitions – only diehard Sharks fans and the coaching staff will have opinions on why this is the case.  NRFC sit in a pretty creditable 8th place and their recent form has led to a 9 match unbeaten run although of late they have found goals hard to come by.
The final result may ultimately depend on the relative performances of the team’s main characters and “rogues in chief” Thiago Cunha and Lee Tuck - the fans will be lucky to see this match end with 22 players on the pitch!!
The previous match between the two sides early in the season led to a 2-2 – a fair result in my eyes and a score that I feel might be replicated next week.
 

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Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
« Reply #71 on: November 07, 2015, 11:17:15 AM »
Yes Thaiwolf it WAS Dale and I am waiting for the questions to arrive.
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Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
« Reply #72 on: November 08, 2015, 11:03:06 AM »
Thaiwolf please send me a PM with your email address and i can then forward Dale's questions which have just arrived. Needs your greater expertise - Thanks.
 

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Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
« Reply #73 on: November 15, 2015, 09:23:11 PM »
Dateline 15th November 2015

NRFC 1 Chonburi Sharks 0

The evening began with a respectful moment of silence pre match as a tribute to the dead and injured of the Paris massacre.

 In front of a decent and enthusiastic crowd (around 18-20 000 I would guess) – including a splendid following for the men in white, the game commenced.

The hosts had the majority of possession and passed the ball well in the early stages with plenty of movement. The Sharks spurned a couple of early chances with a dramatic goal line clearance in the 17th minute keeping the score goalless.
Both teams traded chances in an entertaining opening half with Adido, being preferred as starter to Lee Tuck, looking dangerous for the home team and Thiago Cunha representing a major threat for the visitors.
An entertaining but goalless first half with both teams trying to play attractive football. In my opinion one of the best halves of football played by the Swatcats this season.

In the second half the visitors defended effectively and looked dangerous on the break. Both sides continued to play good football although the game clearly needed a goal or two to liven it up. The second half yielded few chances with both defences able to neutralize their opponents.

Swatcats ended with a flourish and were rewarded with a winner from Lindemann in the 92nd minute.
I think on reflection a fair result between two decent footballing teams with the Swatcats reeling in their big fish opponents and poor fin-ishing thwarting the Chonburi outfit

As a side note, Did anyone else think that the opposing players were very friendly towards each other tonight – lots of smiles , backslapping and exchanges of shirts – maybe both sides fancied a draw!!!
 
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Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
« Reply #74 on: November 15, 2015, 09:24:13 PM »
Hi Roger, sorry missed your post. Dale sent me the questions but thanks anyway. Russ
 
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Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
« Reply #75 on: November 16, 2015, 06:21:58 AM »
Hi TW and thanks for that report - your efforts appreciated - not many post but quite a few read about the Swatcats here. A great result but the 92nd minute - if I had gone I'd have been in the car park by then !
I checked a website and it showed all Sunday's games had been postponed ?? so I didn't try to watch the game on TV either. Next week's game at Buriram - we'll see what our boys are made of !! ATB

 

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Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
« Reply #76 on: November 16, 2015, 01:17:02 PM »
Thanks Roger, good to hear that folks actually read my posts. For your information, next weekend's game against Buriram has been put back until wed 25th. Reason is that Buriram are playing in the cup final at the weekend. Cheers
 

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Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
« Reply #77 on: November 16, 2015, 01:19:51 PM »
By the way the Swatcats are now 10 games unbeaten - a terrific achievement. Got a feeling the mighty Buriram will bring the run to an end-but you nver know!!!
 

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Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
« Reply #78 on: November 23, 2015, 08:38:25 AM »
Swatcats take their 10 match unbeaten run to Thunder Castle on Wednesday taking on the high flying Buriram United. I fear that this superb run is about to be terminated – oh, well, all good things come to an end…however as the saying goes, ……it is, after all, eleven vs eleven!!!!
 

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Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
« Reply #79 on: November 23, 2015, 12:51:19 PM »
Now TW - POSITIVE thinking please !
Where is Reeves at a time like this, to cheer us all up ?
In all seriousness the Swatcats will do well to get anything out of this game, but, as you say it is 11v11 and Buriram only just got home 1-0 v Sisaket last Saturday in the League Cup Final - they looked strong though .... Maybe they'll be tired ?
Last night on TV, I saw Ivan Boskevic playing for Bangkok Utd v. Chonburi - he looked good particularly in the first half - a shame we couldn't hang on to him.
Are you going to Buriram - I would but am in Lamphun region atm. ATB
 

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Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
« Reply #80 on: November 23, 2015, 02:29:48 PM »
Hi Roger, yes I will probably go, but having been in the 34K crowd at the Anniversary stadium earlier in the season, I am a little worried about getting in  - particularly after Buriram's cup win. I reckon there will be about 10k Swatcat fans trying to get in!!!!
 

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Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
« Reply #81 on: November 23, 2015, 02:33:16 PM »
Yes Boscovic was a fine old warhorse for us in Division 1 but his major problem is his lack of pace - hence his lack of opportunities in the Tero side. I don't think he will ever be successful in the top tier but a great asset for an ambitious Division 1 team.
 

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Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
« Reply #82 on: November 23, 2015, 03:10:37 PM »
Oh I didn't realise IvanB was not a regular at BKK Utd. Mai pen lai, he looked useful last night. Months ago we had planned to go to Buriram and intended to book a Hotel well in advance. But the shambles with that over-capacity crowd made me rethink - and of course Paul who ran our English website closed it in disgust at the irresponsibility of the Club allowing that.
I miss that website and now that the Swatcats have done creditably well, I wonder what Mr Reeves would be saying.
Take care if you go. ATB
 

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Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
« Reply #83 on: November 26, 2015, 07:34:29 AM »
Dateline 25th November 2015

Buriram United 4 NRFC 0

In a great stadium, with a great atmosphere – just as football everywhere should be, the two best supported teams in Thailand entered the arena to a slightly disappointing turnout – the stadium seemed about two thirds full - maybe 18-20 thousand – lowered perhaps due to  the midweek kick off and the fact that it was Loy Krathong day.

A large, colourful and vocal following urged on the team from Korat, amassed in one corner, a sliver of orange in a sea of deep blue at the aptly named Thunder Castle.

With both teams vying for bragging rights in the rural Issaan derby, the high flying and highly talented Buriram outfit went immediately on the offensive with NRFC failing to make any great headway. The early Buriram surge continued with NRFC not showing much ambition early on and content to soak up the pressure
Almost constant pressure led to a 12th minute strike to give the home side the lead. NRFC eventually settled and started putting some pressure on the home team’s defence.
In a first half dominated by Buriram the men from Korat were fortunate to be only one down.

The second half was still young when Buriram raced into a 2-0 lead with a smart header. The home side continued to press and created a couple of good chances culminating in a solo effort from Diogo to make it three. NRFC continued to labour but a snap shot that hit the post raised the spirits a little.
A fourth from Diogo sealed a fine win, with the last 10 minutes resulting in shooting practice for the future Champs!!

In conclusion the Swatcats were simply outclassed. Buriram looked the better side – they were simply tactically and technically superior. They are the team by whom to judge yourself by if you have any ambition. NRFC certainly were no match for them tonight
I was impressed with Buriram. They looked a complete, confident and well coached outfit with good shape that they were able to maintain. NRFC in contrast seemed unable to match the home side in any way.

 I see little chance of current TPL teams being able to challenge the men in blue in the short term.
 

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Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
« Reply #84 on: November 27, 2015, 08:39:56 AM »
After the "hard knock" on Wednesday at Thunder Castle The Swatcats welcome Port FC tomorrow. Under pressure Port will be anxious to get something from the game. I would not be surprised if Port sneak a point.
 

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Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
« Reply #85 on: November 27, 2015, 12:04:16 PM »
TW thanks for that report - I thought my relentless optimism could be heading for a downfall !
Never mind - earlier predictions that the Swatcats would be just shooting practice for their last ten games have proved unfounded and now we only really have to worry about the game away to Muangthong. Would be nice to win a few more before the season ends - starting with what may be a feisty match with Thai Port tomorrow.
Yes Buriram are class - do you think they would do well in the English Championship ?
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Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
« Reply #86 on: November 27, 2015, 01:45:34 PM »
EPL No Roger. Middle of Championship would be my guess.
 

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« Reply #87 on: November 29, 2015, 08:52:13 AM »
Dateline 28th November 2015

NRFC 0 Port 0

The 80th Anniversary stadium welcomed the relegation threatened Port. The attendance seemed to be around 13-14 thousand, including a fair sized and vocal following for Port.

The boys from Khlong Toei desperately needing something from this game opened brightly but the game developed into a sterile midfield stalemate with neither side able to create chances. Port being restricted to a couple of speculative long range shots and NRFC continuing to pump long balls forward searching for an off colour Adido.
The first half ended goalless with neither side able to get the breakthough.

The second half started slowly but the 60th minute saw a guilt edged chance to seal the win for the home side – in truth one of few chances in the game. The Swatcats were certainly not firing on all cylinders tonight and the lack of chances made should be a worry for coach Kambe.

Neither team created much with only a couple of half chances from both sides. A dead rubber for NRFC, cemented as they are in 8th place but a vital game for the visitors. Port fought hard for their point and on balance were good value for the point.

The main highlight, in fact, one of few highlights was watching Madame Pang flouncing around like a dizzy teen at the prom in front of the main stand pre match – playing to her adoring fans – not!!
 

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Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
« Reply #88 on: November 30, 2015, 03:55:33 AM »
Thanks for the update TW. The Swatcats recovered after their 4-0 Buriram experience ! Saw Muangthong walk past Ratchaburi 4-0 on TV last night - made me feel a bit better about our hammering.
We're not quite 'cemented' in 8th place - noting that Ratchaburi above us have lost 4 out of the last 5 so a storming finish from the Swatcats could see us jump to 7th. Similarly a rampant Army United could catch us and drop us to 9th !
Incidentally for Mr Reeves benefit, I noted that only 4 out of the 18 TPL sides have conceded less than our 38 goals - stalwart defence so far then.
A win over Sisaket on the 9th will be needed and I shall be there ! Hopefully.
 

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Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
« Reply #89 on: December 04, 2015, 01:55:24 PM »
The Swatcats take on the high flying Bangkok United at the weekend. Should be a home banker but I predict a score draw.
 

 



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