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Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
« Reply #20 on: May 21, 2016, 10:53:46 AM »

After Burirams poor start to the season,there will be a few coaches looking for new jobs
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Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
« Reply #21 on: May 22, 2016, 01:53:18 PM »

Dateline 21st May 2016

 NRFC 0 Suphanburi 0

The War Elephants from Suphanburi were the opponents at the 80th Anniversary Stadium, with the home team hoping to end a dramatic losing streak.
In front of about 5-6 thousand fans the hosts opened eagerly with the opponents being closed down effectively. A fourth minute free kick went just over for the hosts as they pressed forward but Suphanburi looked dangerous at times on the break.

In the 20th minute the visitors scored a neat headed goal but it was adjudged offside. The men from Korat then countered with a decent 25 yard drive going over and minutes later a smart passing movement resulted in a shot inches wide. There then followed a period of pressure from the hosts ending with an Adeyeah 8 yard drive being well saved – a guilt edged chance.

The 40th minute saw a lucky escape for the home team. A shot was well saved but the ball ran loose and a resulting point blank shot was kept out by the sprawling keeper.

The second half began with both teams trying to break the deadlock but it took until the 62nd minute before a real chance was produced when a Suphanburi close range header was well saved by the keeper. Minutes later, persistence by Adeyeah nearly produced an unlikely opening goal. This spurred on the home side with a drive going wide and a period of pressure developing.

In the 74th minute a diving header from the hosts went wide with the resulting corner causing chaos in the opponents defence. The Suphanburi defenders resorted to some rather agricultural challenges to keep the Swatcats at bay with a Lindemann drive following one of these challenges going just wide.

Ultimately neither side could break the deadlock, but a vital point for the Swatcats against a disappointing Suphanburi outfit. A much improved performance from the Swatcats. They challenged and harried opponents and showed real spirit – there has definitely been a change in attitude since the departure of Sugao Kambe. The lack of goals is still worrying but I feel slightly optimistic for the future. Bjorn Lindemann was excellent tonight, as was Noah Chivuta but our options up front seem limited  and I think this department needs bolstering for the second leg – neither Tagbajumi or Adeyeah – both talented players, seem to be the answer to our goal scoring problems.
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Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
« Reply #22 on: May 22, 2016, 07:56:53 PM »

Yes

A much better game than last time out.  But Swat cats never looked like scoring.

High balls into the box is no good when you have a small forward line.

Only player number 40 Dominic can use his feet.

Still a point is better than no points.

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Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
« Reply #23 on: May 23, 2016, 10:47:17 AM »

Thanks TW and I much agree with your comments.
I thought Adiyah, Chivuta and Lindemann all played better this time and the whole team seemed much more upbeat holding onto the ball more and recovering it with some appetite. Good to see.
If Swatcats can string a few determined results together then the wins will come and we will get away from the bottom !
Some points - although 3 goal Tagbajumi is as yet unproven he has the height to unsettle Goalkeepers a little and I think he should be played as much as possible - at centre forward he might have poached that glancing header that went across the goal in the second half. Adiyah played with real gusto and although he was tired I was sorry to see him substituted.
Lindemann is useful BUT he should NOT be allowed to shoot outside the box - passing only. Many many attacks came to a wasteful end with his hapless and hopeless longshots - I think he gets puffed out after running 10 yards so just lumps it ! IMO he's over-rated. Our Goalkeeper looked much more confident this time out. Satoshi Nagano played well IMO.
(Sorry I just can't pick up the names of the Thai players since the demise of Clubwebsite ! )

Now wrestling with my better judgement about investing in a night away at Buriram ! MMmmm
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Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
« Reply #24 on: May 23, 2016, 11:18:36 AM »

Hi Roger, some good points made. Agree that Tagbajumi should be given more time to impress but I hear that his wife (Norwegian) is unhappy and wants to leave Thailand. I still think that Adeyeah is a great talent and he worked hard on sunday. Regarding Lindemann, my guess is that due to our lack of striking ability he has been told to "shoot on sight".
Good performance on sunday but with the Buriram game next my fear is that we will be cut adrift in the bottom three.
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Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
« Reply #25 on: May 24, 2016, 09:14:07 PM »

Hi TW.
My better judgement LOST and we are going to have 2 nights in Buriram  - including watching the Swatcat's famous coming victory in Thunder Valley !!!! And the odds are ?
What have I done ?
It will be fun though.....
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Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
« Reply #26 on: May 25, 2016, 09:28:28 AM »

Enjoy the trip !! Maybe the Swatcats will surprise us all and snatch a .
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Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
« Reply #27 on: May 25, 2016, 11:55:36 AM »

NRFC – What’s gone wrong?

A team surfing on the back of two promotions.
 A team finishing a creditable 8th place in their inaugural season in the top flight.
A team attracting crowds which most TPL teams can only dream of.

A team now languishing in the bottom three, crowds diving to a lowly 7000 from a first match day attendance of 32 000 and demos protesting at the way in which the team is run. So what has gone wrong?
Let’s be straight, last year’s 8th place was an overachievement and a situation which I foresaw as hard to follow. A pretty ordinary team, who by dint of weak opposition in Division 1 in their Championship season had got into the winning habit who used this momentum and confidence to make a successful assault in the Premiership.
Pundits were making comments about the coaching methods or lack thereof Sugao Kambe and were baying for his removal. Rumours were circulating about the player’s discontent at the lack of rigorous training and coaching…but still the performances last season masked the underlying problems.

A word here on the fans. Swatcat fans are not used to seeing their team lose at home. Regional League and Division 1 home losses were extremely rare. In fact Premiership home losses were rare too – with only a couple of losses and a home draw with Buriram bolstering the home fan’s enthusiasm and support. It really is no great surprise that the attendances have plummeted. One home win so far and far from entertaining football on view. If Bangkok United played in Korat the 80th Anniversary Stadium would be full every week – Korat is a real football City.

This season the wheels have apparently come off. The loss of Lee Tuck was a blow. The acquisition of new striker Tagbajumi has yet to blossom and the returning Adeyeah does not appear to be the answer to our goalscoring problems. Kambe has gone and in the two matches since his departure there has been a real improvement – both in attitude and tactics.

So what has gone wrong… well nothing really. An overachieving team in their first season in the top flight who really should have finished in the bottom five is going to finish….in the bottom five. Shock, horror!!

One final point. If The Swatcats are relegated – and in my opinion this is a real possibility, it will be a real loss to the TPL. A moderately successful Korat team will attract 20 000 plus attendances. The TPL needs well supported teams if it is to flourish. Here’s hoping that the new coach, whoever he may be, can turn things around and help to maintain the Swatcat’s Premier League status.
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Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
« Reply #28 on: May 25, 2016, 07:06:34 PM »

Good reports and posts above.

Anyone know why Lee Tuck left? I always thought he played well.

No mention of the politics behind the running of the club here. My other half always claims that gets in the way of running the club successfully, same as she thinks that affects the quality of the life in the City.
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Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
« Reply #29 on: May 26, 2016, 09:01:17 AM »

The Swatcats enter the Thunder Castle this weekend (KO 18.00 Saturday 28th May TV coverage TS HD3) to face current Champions Buriram United. The chance of a favourable result for the men from Korat is, I’m afraid, zero.
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Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
« Reply #30 on: May 26, 2016, 09:04:33 AM »

Hi Caller, regarding Lee Tuck. Have no factual knowledge but Lee is well known as a "badboy". I'm guessing he was let go due to disciplinary issues/bad influence in the dressing room. Agree with you that he played well last season when selected.
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Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
« Reply #31 on: May 26, 2016, 10:15:22 AM »

The Swatcats enter the Thunder Castle this weekend (KO 18.00 Saturday 28th May TV coverage TS HD3) to face current Champions Buriram United. The chance of a favourable result for the men from Korat is, I’m afraid, zero.

I have a feeling in my bones that Korat will win the game. I predict 1 - 0.

I could be wrong though. Maybe the feeling in my bones is dengue fever!
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Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
« Reply #32 on: May 26, 2016, 10:45:12 AM »

Let's hope your'e right Alfie. Stranger things have happened in football.
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« Reply #33 on: May 26, 2016, 11:37:53 AM »

Alfie. Ref. Lee Tuck - yes I liked his bustling and aggression. But he didn't score the goals often enough.
I'm guessing LT crossed the Manager more than once. I recall a game when the Floodlights failed before KO. The game was delayed for an hour or so and when they were ready to go, LT was out having a Pizza ! Probably just a scurrilous rumour.
Good call for the Buriram game - definitely 0-1 Swatcats.
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Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
« Reply #34 on: May 26, 2016, 01:22:16 PM »

The Swatcats have drawn Bangkok United away in the FA Cup. Ties will be played on 15th June.
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Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
« Reply #35 on: May 26, 2016, 05:56:34 PM »

Roger, your story about Lee Tuck and the pizza incident is absolutely true !!! The club had to call him to return to the stadium !!
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Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
« Reply #36 on: May 27, 2016, 04:06:40 PM »

Tweet from Bjorn Liindemann suggests he may be on the way out at the Swatcats.

"Björn Lindemann ‏@blindemann10  15m15 minutes ago
Starting a lot on the transfermarket in Thailland! Really intresting right now! Lets see where i landing next month!:)"
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Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
« Reply #37 on: May 28, 2016, 07:49:08 PM »

Well TW and All.
Got to hold my hand up on this one !
Just arrived in Buriram to see the game tomorrow - but it's today.
We just came past the Stadium and thought there was a lot of cars parked around.
Words fail me. In my defence I have been conspiring with a Friend to meet tomorrow for the game.
(It's been a distracting couple of days at home for other reasons !)
Bigger ! Never mind we'll go to Phanom Rung tomorrow.
And the Swatcats are 1-0 down atm
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Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
« Reply #38 on: May 28, 2016, 10:45:36 PM »

Our booked Resort, close to Thunder V, is deserted. Only one customer, us, but lovely rooms. We decided not to do a crazy rush to catch the second half.
Instead. walked a mile around Buriram to find a Restaurant.
The game was on TV but only a splodgy picture. Can see the score but nothing else.
Then they turn the TV off so the 'music' can play.
Then the B'ram fans turn up but I defiantly sing the NRFC anthem. 1-1 to me.
NOT my best football night.
Next year then - if Swatcats are still in the TPL which, I know, we will be. Hopefully.
Good night all. TW ?
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Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
« Reply #39 on: May 29, 2016, 09:39:18 AM »

Dateline  28th May 2016

 Buriram United 1 NRFC 0

The Swatcats entered the Thunder Castle hoping to avoid defeat against a Buriram side that has not been firing on all cylinders recently.

The match began with the visitor’s defence soon in panic as a short range shot was deflected just wide after a dangerous cross. Unable to gain much possession, the Swatcats were forced onto the back foot as Buriram pressed forward.
After 14 minutes after yet another in a series of sloppy passes in midfield by the visitors, Buriram opened the scoring with a fine 18 yard drive. The men from Korat countered with a shot on the break well saved by the keeper. Poor defensive work then presented Lindemann with a shooting opportunity.
In the 41st minute the visitors got lucky when a deflected shot bounced off the post. In a flurry of chances, the visitors then countered with a dangerous shot then a snap shot from Kaio was well saved by the visitor’s keeper.

Without looking too dangerous, the home team seemed to be in full control of the game as the first half drew to a close.

In the 48th minute a “cheeky” shot off the side of the foot hit the Swatcat’s post as Buriram pressed. The Swatcats then began to gain some possession as the half progressed but without really causing much difficulty for the home team.
In the 66th minute Adeyeah cut inside and shot from 20 yards but the keeper saved comfortably and minutes later Lindemann rounded off a decent passing movement with a sharp drive.

In a spirited final 10 minutes The Swatcats were unlucky not equalize as they continued to harass and pressure the Buriram defence.

A much improved second half performance which could have led to a deserved point.

Although playing with great spirit against a far from convincing Buriram side, it remains difficult to see where goals are going to come from. Sloppy midfield play continued to put pressure on the defence which battled gamely. Defeat against Buriram is no disgrace but they now must concentrate on the next 3 games – all of which are winnable. They have to put away such lower echelon sides otherwise relegation beckons.
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