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reallifethailand
A focus on Thai politics from a long term farang resident and luk keug's father
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Monday , September 28 , 2009
Greg at the game: Muangthong victorious in intense encounter
Posted by redandwhitestripes , Reader : 4608 , 08:29:26  
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Not everyone was left standing on or off the pitch for this one. MTU took the lead after just seven minutes through Teerathep who finished neatly from a good cross.

Youtube link - 1st goal


It seemed to be a cruise as Samutsongkhram were forced to push foreward, but as play evened out, Muangthong started to look a little complacent. The inevitable happened as SS equalised through player number 31 about twenty minutes later. The game threatened to fizzle out, until shorty before half time when a forward of SS (the goalscorer) received his second yellow - an automatic red card offence - for a sneaky little toe poke at Hattaporn.

The game then, paradoxically, erupted as Samutsongkhram players spent the next fifteen minutes complaining, then walking off, then calling all the team staff onto the pitch to complain to officials. Naturally, fans of both teams began to get riled, but they stayed well behaved. If this had happened in the UK, I'm sure home fans would have been on the pitch, offering to escort the away staff off the turf, and then you have real trouble.


Photo credit: mooinblack on mtufc.net

As the second half began, SS players threw themselves to the ground like they had been shot by a rifle at every opportunity in an attempt to run down the clock. I began to feel anxious as Muangthong players began to waste chances. We knew Chonburi had won the previous day and fans started to fear we would let the Premiership title slip away. Then a fantastic scored free kick that would have looked good in a World Cup match from Piyachat (I think, can anyone confirm?) sent the home fans ecstatic.



Photo credit: mooinblack on mtufc.net

As the rain began to belt down, some fans ran for cover, but the "ultras" and true fans stood firm. The torrential rain must have made the pitch heavier, and ten-man Samutsongkhram finally started to tire and lose shape. Muangthong surged forward in wave after wave, but wasted some incredibly good chances, including a three-on one against the Samut 'keeper.

But it wasn't over, and the fans who stayed put were rewarded with another amazing strike from Piyachat (again, I think it was him but the rain made it hard to see, can anyone confirm?) sent the MTU fans home drenched, but happy.

The rain had already flooded local roads, and your blogger had a long, drenched, shivering cold journey home. But as any football fan will tell you; when your team wins , the journey is always worthwhile.

Youtubelinks - highlights




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comment 9
geordie date : 13/10/2009 time : 13.10

Hi Taurus

You'd lose your wager as no EPL team would ever come in for Robson! Look at his track record as a manager and you'll see that he hasn't had much success - in fact he led a charmed life at Middlesbrough and the Chairman kept him on long after the fans had lost faith in him. the FAT should explore other European countries if they want a foreign manager who will bring them a winning team.
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geordie date : 13/10/2009 time : 13.10

Hi Taurus

You'd lose your wager as no EPL team would ever come in for Robson! Look at his track record as a manager and you'll see that he hasn't had much success - in fact he led a charmed life at Middlesbrough and the Chairman kept him on long after the fans had lost faith in him. the FAT should explore other European countries if they want a foreign manager who will bring them a winning team.
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taurus8 date : 01/10/2009 time : 17.25

Hi Greg. I can agree with you on the choice of style over matter. Still a lot of money paid to the man if he can only bring marginal improvement to the team. I will wager that he will bail out immediate he gets a EPL club deal. Just feel that he is here for the money.
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redandwhitestripes date : 01/10/2009 time : 16.03
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Hi Taurus. I think the appointment of Robson is fairly typical of the way things are done here: it's all style over substance. The fact that Robson played for Man Utd is all they care about. The fact that he has a poor managerial record, is not as good as Reid, is expensive and took the job over some far more suitable candidates is ignored.
I don't think he'll be a bad coach, but I don't think he will make an overall improvement in the side either.
comment 5
taurus8 date : 01/10/2009 time : 09.37

Greg, I am going off topic but still related to Thailand football. Perhaps you can write on why the FAT especially Khun Worawan is so obsessed with getting English coach for the national team.

The choice of Robson to me is not a well taken decision by all concern and seem like a rush job to appease the plunder of hiring Reid.

The negatives are plentiful - joint commitment with MU, no major success, never coach a national team and manager of mid-table EPL clubs. I dont think he has even coach a foreign team or club in his life. How then could he manage a team with language and culture totally alien to him!!!

Greg, how about giving us your angle on this.
comment 4
redandwhitestripes date : 30/09/2009 time : 14.51
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Hi Yabua, sorry but I only plan to write about football for now! I'm sure I'll switch to blogging about another part of my life sometime but I don't know when :-) Thanks for dropping by.

Catch, until a couple of years ago, Saints had gone something like eight years without ever have come back from 0 - 1 down to win an away game. WE have a truly miserable record on the road, but not as bad as it used to be.
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yabua date : 29/09/2009 time : 22.21
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Greg, I always like your writing but I am not interested in football at all.
What should I do with your blog?????

BTW, I have the same problem with GG´s golf blog but GG also wrote about something else.

Do you have a plan to write about something else apart from football?
comment 2
GGrass date : 29/09/2009 time : 00.56
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It's good to have home team...
comment 1
catch22 date : 28/09/2009 time : 14.42
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"But as any football fan will tell you; when your team wins , the journey is always worthwhile".

Not something experienced very often with the Saints eh?
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