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Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
« Reply #1020 on: July 01, 2018, 01:27:05 PM »

Thanks TW. A much needed point sees us hovering in 9th atm. Disappointing form as Sukothai had lost their previous 3 games. (I see Navy won 3 in a row recently).
Hopefully form will improve as the new signings settle in. ATB
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« Reply #1021 on: July 01, 2018, 03:50:34 PM »

Hi Roger, I'm excited at the prospect of Shahrel Fikri and Assumpcao gelling together. Shahrel has real pace and will score goals. Every match is important from now on!!
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Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
« Reply #1022 on: July 02, 2018, 08:13:40 AM »

Match Day 21 Stats
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« Reply #1023 on: July 03, 2018, 08:18:35 AM »

The Swatcats welcome the Dragons of Ratchaburi this weekend (Saturday 7th July KO 18.00 hours, TV coverage Truesports 6). This match, depending on one’s perspective, is either a mid table clash or a relegation dogfight. I expect the home team to collect all three points.

Thaiwolf prediction; Home win.
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Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
« Reply #1024 on: July 03, 2018, 12:11:24 PM »

TW - I hope you are right. Some of the teams below us are picking up points steadily - a dogfight it is ! BTW I see lowly BKK Glass scored 7 against Chonburi !
The Swatcats need the win - GL and ATB
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Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
« Reply #1025 on: July 08, 2018, 08:39:07 AM »

Dateline 7th July 2018

 FT NRFC 2 Ratchaburi 1

Attendance; 2559

The Swatcats welcomed the Ratchaburi Dragons this weekend with skipper Chalermpong making his 100th appearance for the club.

The match kicked off in a near empty stadium - I have never seen it so bereft of fans.

Ratchaburi looked quite lively in early exchanges and with the home team unable to maintain possession, an early Dragon goal seemed likely. The Swatcats fought back however and a series of corners eased the pressure. They then created a couple of half chances as they grew into the game and Marinkovic went close with a long range shot.

In the 43rd minute, a clever lob from Pralong Sawandee bounced tantalizingly off the crossbar with all defenders looking on in amazement. This was the only real chance in an otherwise uneventful 45 minutes of football.

With the second half  only minutes old, one of the most bizarre own goals I have ever seen was scored by Philip Roller as he sliced the ball in from 16 yards to give the men in orange the lead. Ratchaburi produced a couple of half hearted shots on goal but the Swatcats seemed a little more composed in the second half and began to look dangerous on the break.

The home team now began to dominate proceedings as the Dragons faded and a couple of guilt edged chances were wasted by Assumpcao and Shahrel Fikri. The visitors countered and pushed forward looking for an equalizer, aided, it has to be said, by constant losses of possession in midfield by the home team.

The Dragons deservedly equalized in the 78th minute when Nerijus Valskis nodded in from a corner. A minute later the Swatcats regained the lead with a superb, diving header from Assumpcao.
In a late surge, Ekkachai went close on two occasions in a turbocharged finish for the home team as they swept forward looking to seal the three points but they were unable to add to their tally.

Fleetingly up to 7th place and a vital and well deserved 3 points but there is no doubt that the team is struggling. The inability to maintain possession is putting massive pressure on the defensive unit and the midfield is failing miserably in its task of providing service for the front men. These are the same problems repeated week after week and one wonders if proficient coaching is taking place.
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Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
« Reply #1026 on: July 08, 2018, 12:04:41 PM »

Attendance; 2559

The match kicked off in a near empty stadium - I have never seen it so bereft of fans.

Perhaps the fans preferred to watch the world cup on TV.
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« Reply #1027 on: July 08, 2018, 12:07:26 PM »

Yes Alfie, plus recent poor form from the team.
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Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
« Reply #1028 on: July 09, 2018, 08:11:51 AM »

Match Day 22 Stats
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Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
« Reply #1029 on: July 10, 2018, 08:05:36 AM »

The Swatcats take on Pattaya United in the second round of the League Cup tomorrow, 11th July, KO 19.00 hours.
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Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
« Reply #1030 on: July 10, 2018, 07:46:59 PM »

Stop press. tomorrow`s match v Pattaya will be shown live on Truesports HD4. KO 19.00 hours.
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« Reply #1031 on: July 11, 2018, 08:58:33 PM »

The Swatcats progressed to the quarter finals of the League Cup with tonight’s 1-0 victory over Pattaya United.
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« Reply #1032 on: July 12, 2018, 08:46:04 AM »

The Swatcats take on the once mighty Muang Thong United in the Capitol this weekend (Sunday 15th July, KO 18.00 hours, TV coverage TBC).

Although still formidable opposition, Muang Thong have recently suffered the loss of some of their most talented players and have struggled to stay with the best this season. These losses may represent an opportunity for the Swatcats to gain an unlikely 3 points.

Thaiwolf prediction; Away win.
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Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
« Reply #1033 on: July 13, 2018, 12:25:22 AM »

TW that was a good win v. Pattaya !

If we beat MT Utd, I'll eat my hat  ;)

Thanks ATB
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Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
« Reply #1034 on: July 14, 2018, 10:11:35 AM »

Confirmed: tomorrow`s match at Muang Thong will be shown on Truevisions True4U.
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« Reply #1035 on: July 16, 2018, 08:16:21 AM »

Dateline 15th July 2018

 FT Muang Thong United 0 NRFC 0

Attendance; 6881

The Swatcats visited the home of fallen heroes Muang Thong United this weekend.

The match commenced with the home side pressing. The Swatcats, without the injured Assumpcao, were offering little up front and they were subject to almost constant Muang Thong pressure.

Coelho had a couple of headers just off target as the pressure built and the home side had a bullet of a shot hammer the post as the visitors continued to live dangerously.

Completely against the run of play, Yaya Kunath went close on the break then seconds later T Mat T struck a fine shot that the keeper tipped just over.

In the 36th minute Ekkachai was shown a red card for barging into the referee after a series of decisions had gone against his teammates. A silly reaction by Ekkachai and the referee had no option than to order the player off.
As the first half drew to a close, firm defending and a large dollop of luck prevented the home team from breaking the deadlock but perversely, the Swatcats could be one or two up!!

As the second half commenced, one had to wonder could the Swatcats possibly hold out for another 45 minutes!! The expected onslaught continued but Pralong Sawandee hit a free kick that rattled the crossbar in a rare Swatcat foray forward.
Coelho went close in the 62nd minute and Heberty drew a fine save from keeper Cunningham in the 65th minute but Muang Thong seemed to be slowly running out of ideas as the visitors defended resolutely.

Pralong Sawandee had a speculative shot in the 83rd minute but the hosts continued to probe, searching for that elusive winner. Sawandee had a late chance to win the game with a 22yard free kick but he fired over and the game concluded goalless.

A brave Swatcat performance tonight as they challenged a much superior Muang Thong outfit. A well earned and valuable point that extends the Swatcat’s unbeaten run. Pralong Sawandee was exceptional and Yaya Kunath looked lively throughout and did enough to earn himself a regular berth in the side
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Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
« Reply #1036 on: July 16, 2018, 08:17:44 AM »

Match Day 23 Stats.
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« Reply #1037 on: July 16, 2018, 08:37:06 AM »

Here's an idea Milos. Try playing Yayar Kunath and Shahrel Fikri up front together. They both offer real pace and mobility. The "big men up front" approach is obviously not working - look at our "goals for" tally!!

Our next two games against Chainat (H) and Air Force (A), should yield 6 points and would certainly cement our survival - go on gamble!!
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Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
« Reply #1038 on: July 16, 2018, 11:27:35 AM »

Hi TW. Thanks for the report. The Swatcats stole a point !
Still only 5 points from the dropzone but we can be reassured to see the Swatcats are the ONLY side with NO defeats in the last 5 games. That shows resilience anyway.

Chiang Rai are flying high after being in the drop zone and Chonburi have climbed too. 8th place will be fine for me.

I hope you are right about the 2 easy games coming and I'm sure you remember the Air Force defeat  ??? (With 3 points from that one we would be set fair by now).

ATB
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« Reply #1039 on: July 17, 2018, 09:24:07 AM »

The Swatcats welcome the Hornbills of Chainat in this week’s round of TPL fixtures (Saturday 21st July, KO 17.45 hours TV coverage Truesports 2). The hosts, 7 games unbeaten, will be hoping for a 3 point haul to help cement their position of mid table security.

Thaiwolf prediction; Home win
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