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SWATCATS in the Thai Premier

Started by Roger, December 14, 2014, 06:54:45 PM

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A draw at BKK Utd would be a great result. Fingers crossed we can at least score a goal after two goal-less games.
Did you see that the Ref. of the Satun Utd v Khon Khaen, who was attacked by Satun Utd supporters at the end of the game, got suspended for 6 months for a poor performance ? I'd would have thought he'd been punished enough.
Satun Utd have rightly been banned for 3 years !!
Off topic - I've seen a lot of Kevin De Bruyne on TV this season for Man City - the best player in the EPL for me. Great passes with beautiful weighting - perhaps Swatcats can get him on loan ....


Dateline 6th December 2015

Bangkok United 3 NRFC 0

Bangkok United, chasing an improbable AFC Champions League spot took on 8th place NRFC in the capital. Bangkok United were, in my judgment the best side to visit the 80th Anniversary Stadium this year, gaining an emphatic victory in the corresponding fixture earlier in the season.
There was a strong contingent of fans from Korat, who probably outnumbered the home fans â€" what a pity such a talented team should play before such paltry numbers of fans â€" average attendance under 3000 fans!

A cautious start from both teams with Korat making some useful sorties forward but relying too often on speculative long balls aimed at Lee Tuck. Bangkok did not show much early doors but I suspect there is a lot more to come later.
A bad miss by the home team from a 6 yard header following a corner kept the scores level but after some pressure, Jojo scored a smart goal in the 32nd minute to give the home side the lead. A minute later a reckless challenge by T May T led to a red card being brandished and the men in white reduced to 10 men.
Swatcats continued to probe and probably had slightly the edge during the first half and were a little unlucky to end the half one down.

The second half began with a lot of midfield sparring with neither side able to stamp real authority on the game. A great save from the Bangkok keeper â€" indeed a “superrrsave” in the 54th minute prevented an equalizer from the men from Isaan. Minutes later a snap shot from Noah Chivuta stung the palms of the home teams keeper as NRFC continued to test the Bangkok defence. Moments later, a Lee Tuck angled shot shaved the upright and in terms of clear chances the Swatcats should have been ahead in this encounter.
The home side countered when Jojo launched a great low volley which flew inches wide.

A 77th minute penalty, with a further penalty 2 minutes later being placed wide and an 85th minute strike sealed the points for the home side.
Bangkok undoubtedly has some classy individuals in the side but seemed to stutter tonight â€" hardly a heavenly performance from the Bangkok Angels but a vital 3 points gained - a slightly flattering score line I think.


NRFC need to bounce back on Wednesday against Si Saket â€" a single point in the last 3 games has somewhat dented the ambition and aspiration of the men from Korat. With the final game against Muang Thong which will surely yield no points, this is the team’s last chance to bring some extra cheer to the fans at the 80th Anniversary Stadium.
Why not come along and support your local team. KO 6 o’clock.


Yes TW and I'll be there - last home game of the season ?
And a goal would be nice - a Swatcat goal.
Thanks for the report on the BKK game.


Dateline 9th December 2015

NRFC 1 Si Saket 0.

A sparse crowd (maybe 11-12 000 fans present, including pretty strong support from Si Saket) witnessed the latest Isaan derby.
The Koupreys arrived to graze on the lush 80th Anniversary turf and in a rather lacklustre first half had arguably slightly the better of the first half, breaking dangerously at times. The home team was rather limp in attack and one was again forced to ask “Where are the goals coming from?”

A sharp header in the 10th minute drew a fine save from the Si Saket keeper but this chance and a rasping shot from Lindemann apart, the Swatcats created few clear cut chances.
The first session drew to a close in this typical end of season “nothing to play for” encounter with neither side able to break the deadlock.

The second half saw the introduction of Adido. He added some vitality to the Swatcats attack and at risk of repeating myself, we must give Adido a prolonged run next season â€" he is undoubtedly talented and has pace but with him being in and out of the team he has failed to make a marked impression. Memo to Coach Kambe!! “Adido must be the first name on the team sheet next season!!”

With Noah Chivuta marshalling the middle of the park with strong support from Lindemann, the home team created a couple of half chances and began to exert some pressure. This pressure culminated in a well taken Adido header, celebrated in fine style by the Ghanaian.

In conclusion, not a pulsating match but 3 points gained that have cemented the Swatcat’s fine 8th place in the Premiership. Again, as in previous matches, the team found goals hard to come by, but full marks to the defence who seem to have upped their game somewhat â€" they have certainly plugged some of the early season gaps.


Hey TW I made it at last !
In the first 15 mins I thought the Swat cats looked OK but thereafter it was a dire first half showing with no effective attacking aggression at all and Sisaket looking the sharper in skills.
For me the second half was in the same vein until the introduction of Dominic Adiyah (he should be called 'Demonic' not Dominic on this performance) - the Swatcats seemed to move up a gear immediately ! Adiyah's quick feet, bursts of speed, sharp control, smart passing and chasing down were a sudden joy to see. His efforts lifted the others and the Swatcats had Sisaket on the back foot for a time. The build up to the goal was of epic status IMO and good to see Adiyah tuck it in.
I have seen Lee Tuck have a similar effect on coming on as a Sub, but now he seems to have lost his way rather.
So Adiyah, definitely Man of the Match and he must be retained and used more next season - whoever is the Manager. I was disappointed with Chivuta in his 'roving' role and for me he seems past his best.
I hope we have a strong (improved) foreign contingent next year.
Well done the Swatcats - 8th in their first TPL season - of many hopefully.


Another probable defeat coming up at Muang Thong for the Swatcats this weekend but whatever the result, a most satisfactory season.


Dateline 13th December 2015

Muang Thong United 2 NRFC 2

The SCG Stadium welcomed NRFC hoping that the home team could complete the double over the Premier League newcomers The Twin Qilins outplayed the Swatcats in the season opener at the 80th Anniversary Stadium so a home win was certainly on the cards.
Amazingly for an end of season “not much to play for” match there appeared to be about 1000 Swatcat fans present

The first half began with 2 early chances for the home team in the first 6 minutes with the away team’s defence looking very square.  A 30 yard snorter put the Swatcats ahead inside 10 minutes but minutes later very slack defensive work led to a Muang Thong equalizer.
Adido continued to look sharp as he rasped a low shot inches wide but this aside, the away team was not offering much up front.
The homes team’s attack looked dangerous and at times were afforded too much space in the final third, with the assistant referee’s flag saving the men in white on several occasions.
In the 33rd minute, the home team sliced effortlessly through the Swatcats defence to make it 2- 1 â€" Muang Thong showing real class when moving forward helped it has to be said by some very naive defending.

Adido missed a sitter from 5 yards on the stroke of half time sending his header inches wide of the upright as an incident packed first half drew to a close with the home team 2-1 up.

The second half opened with a Chivuta snap shot going wide. A couple of impressive moves forward resulted in a further couple of long range shots from the men from Korat. Muang Thong continued to look dangerous but Adido equalized with a 12 yard drive in the 58th minute â€" he certainly has impressed on one of his rare stars for the team. The Swatcats definitely were beginning to dominate and had the better of the second half and in truth apart from a Cleiton chance Muang Thong offered little as the Swatcats pressed

Nagano was sent off for his second seemingly tame blocking tackle but the 10 men fought on as
Lindemann fought off 3 challenges and hit a dipping shot inches over.

In conclusion, a very creditable draw against a classy Muang Thong outfit and a great way to draw the season to a close.


TW thanks for that report and for keeping us in the picture this season. If you can post any 'close season' news that'd be great.
Just one question, I see 'Adiyah' on the shirts and on the old website - Adido ?
Well that certainly was a great result to end the season - a widely expected thrashing was avoided and the Swatcats showed some real mettle in staying in the game.
Onwards and upwards then ? Some cute signings could easily turn us into a Top 5 side ?


TW I see that just 3 sides in the whole TPL scored less than our 37 goals - (Buriram scored 61 MORE than the Swatcats did).
14 sides conceded more goals than our 43 - I rate Satoshi Nagano highly - hope that he stays ....
Methinks signing a goalscorer to support Adiyah should be a priority.


Progress Post 2015

For me the important aspect of a team’s future potential is progress. NRFC are now in a difficult position. Two recent promotions have thrust the team into the top tier and now an impressive 8th place finish in their inaugural season has put massive pressure on the owners of the club and the team’s coach Kambe to improve
To Improve and thus demonstrate progress next season will be a big ask. Progress to me would be pressing the top 5 teams and ultimately a top 5 finish. Achievable? Maybe, but for me it’s all about aspiration and expectation. The club is in a good place â€" fantastic support and the nucleus of a good squad.

The million dollar question is “What has to be done to achieve progress?”

My opinions are:
•   Change of coach â€" has Kambe taken the team as far as he can. I for one think Kambe should be kept on as long as the club progresses. He has been under scrutiny in certain circles who question his coaching credentials.
•   Sort out the striking strategy. There was a worrying trend towards the end of the season â€" a distinct lack of goals. I personally we need a tall rangy striker to take full advantage of crosses into the box â€" Tuck, Chivuta, Malek and Lindemann are all capable of putting in quality crosses â€" at the moment who is going to score from these crosses.
In our current formation, Lee Tuck either plays deep (too deep at times) or finds himself wide on the flanks, Lindemann is a quality player but he is not a striker. His best role is to play in the hole behind the strikers. Adido is rarely given a long run. So who exactly is our traditional striker who will deliver 20 plus goals per season?
•   Get in a specialist coach to organize the defence.
•   Play Adido or get rid of him. He is currently taking up one of our farang spots. I think he has great potential but if he is not a regular starter…
•   Be ambitious in approaching quality Thai players â€" give players the chance to play in front of 20 000 fans in a nice facility for an ambitious club. I think Chanathip should be a target.

One can only hope that the support holds up â€" I personally think it will. The home fans and great atmosphere at the stadium are surely worth a handful of points each season. I am optimistic for the club’s future and my opinion is that we have a fairly decent squad. This year’s experience in the Premier League must surely have benefitted the players and now we have had a decent season, confidence should be sky high. Top 5 may be beyond us with the current squad but with a couple of astute acquisitions, who knows?


There are reports that Lee Tuck is leaving The Swatcats. A wrong decision in my mind but I'm sure they  know what they are doing!!!!


OK TW - he has lost his way with the Swatcats. So maybe that's good for him to move ?
I wish him luck but I won't be convinced that no better Falang stikers are available inside the NRFC budget.
Like it or not the Swatcats do seem to know what they are doing in the TPL .... so far ....


Reports suggest that the Swatcats have signed Thai-Danish player Bill Seeda - not much information but I think he's a midfielder.


Transfer reports latest;
•   Korat set to buy Chanatpol Sikkhamonthon (Chiangmai FC) &Nattapong sairiya (Chamchuri UTD)
•   Korat set to buy Niran Panthong from Chiangmai FC


Nakhon Ratchasima FC have signed to Sarawoot Sinthupan from Nakhon Pathom UTD


Korat have plans to purchase Kampol Pathomattakul (GK) from Muangthong UTD


With a squad this size surely there must be many departures on the cards ?
Thanks for the updates.


Rumours suggest that Nakhon Ratchasima FC have signed a Nigerian-Italian' striker Marco Tagbajumi from AEL Limassol (D1, Egypt) - could be the tall rangy striker that we have needed


Nahkon Ratchasima have resigned, former local hero, forward Prompong Gransamrong from Udon Thani


Not true I hope but rumours suggest that  Dominic Adiyeah (Adido) may be surplus to The Swatcat's requirements. In my opinion, a very expensive squad member who rarely starts but very talented. I hope we keep him.


Hey TW.
Well if Prompong is back that's odd. But great ! To me he's been in a sort of Hernandez at MU situation i.e. neglected and offloaded but he now gets lots of goals for Borussia Dortmund ? Prompong not valued fairly at Swatcats before.
For me he is an absolute diamond and I hope it's true that he is back - give him time on the field - maybe as a super-sub and he will do well even in the TPL IMO.
I loved his ghosting through and he is a great finisher - but older now.
If we have signed this Guy from Limassol I wish him well but as a move it looks quite bonkers if they are not to retain Adiyah - effing madness actually. (I thought Limassol is Cyprus ?)
Thanks for the updates - Good Work !


Thanks Roger. I don't know if you know but the TPL is considering increasing the number of teams to 20 next season. In my opinion a blatant attempt to prevent the relegation of 3 Bangkok based teams (2 of whom have influential owners) but maybe I am being cynical. There is also the issue of who gets promoted with the Sukhothai and Nahkon Pathom saga still not resolved.


Nahkon Ratchasima unveil new striker Marco Tagbajumi


Thanks TW - he looks a likely Lad ! Good Luck to Marco.
I have my doubts but I hope he proves me wrong.


THE TPL situation â€" my thoughts.

Recent events in the TPL have made a complete mockery of Thai domestic football. In an institution littered with past controversial events, this latest debacle, the culmination of lack of decision making regarding the Sukhothai v Nahkon Prathom floodlight failure issue and the fielding of an illegible substitute in a match involving BEC Tero has led to the present farcical situation.

Added to this the potential relegation of 2 established teams, the owner of one threatening to sell or close the club has added spice and one is forced to ask how have these decisions been prompted.

Port, one of those due to be relegated have been voraciously swallowing up top stars, which then begs the question “Did they know, or were they in cahoots with the TPL, about ant potential decision?”

How can a governing body be so inept and out of touch with what most fans want?

I am prompted to say that money and the dark hand of influential individuals could be responsible. The TPL management has simply lost control of a league which is still in its infancy and is beginning to blossom.

As a fellow football pundit stated “Why play the matches?” if at season’s end teams are not relegated as they deserve or denied a promotion that they have earned.

One day on, after the fateful TPL meeting, at which it was decided to expand the TPL to 20 teams for 2016, we are still none the wiser as to the teams who will be at the top table next year.
With Buriram, Ratchaburi and Chonburi representives leaving the TPL board, the fear is that cracks and fissures are developing in the Thai football family.

What a mess â€" The clubs, fans and sponsors deserve better. Will they ever get it….I think not.


Nakhon Ratchasima FC have signed Chakrit Rawanprakone (FW) from TTM FC


OFFICIAL: Nakhon Ratchasima FC have unveiled Niran Panthong from Chiang Mai FC


Pic of our latest aquisition Niran Panthong


Busy couple of days!!

OFFICIAL: Nakhon Ratchasima FC have signed Tanapol Udonlap (ex-U23 THA) from Songkhla United

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