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Games coming thick and fast as the Swatcats welcome Bangkok United to the 80th Anniversary stadium for the FA Cup quarter final tie this week (Wednesday 7th August, KO 1800 hours, TV coverage TBC).

This will be a tight match and I would not be surprised to see this one go to penalties.


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Confirmed,  wednesday's quarter final will be televised live on truevisions TS2 and TS2HD


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An absolutely must win game for the Swatcats this weekend when they take on struggling Suphanburi. (Sunday 11th August, KO 1900 hours, TV coverage Truevisions TS2).

Defeat would pull the Swatcats into deep relegation mire and could possibly signal the end for coach Milos Joksic.

Thaiwolf prediction; Home win


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For those who may be planning ahead, Match Day 25 matches - Swatcats V Buriram have been moved to  wednesday 2nd October.


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Swatcat hearts were broken last night when an extra time goal knocked them out of the FA Cup at the quarter final stage.


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Could today be Milos Joksic's last game at Korat. Massive vitriole against him from local thai fans. I personally hope not but perhaps his position is becoming untenable.


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Dateline 11th August 2019
 
 FT NRFC 1 Suphanburi 1

Attendance; 4780
 
Premier League strugglers Suphanburi were the guests this weekend. In what I expect to be Milos Joksic’s last game at the club if the men from Korat do not gain three points, this really is a “must win” fixture for the hosts.
 
After a quiet start where neither side managed to seize the initiative, the hosts went ahead when Amadou pounced on a knock down from a free kick in the 15th minute. The Ivorian continued to threaten with a series of jinxing runs as the men from Korat continued to press.
 
Suphan had some useful possession but were unable to create any clear-cut chances but in the 40th minute, Meechok prodded in to equalize.
 
 As a rather staid and uneventful half with few incidents of note drew to a close, the teams went in at half time all square.
 
The second half kicked off with the Swatcats on the offensive but the visitors had the first chance with a clever flick that keeper Cunningham did well to grab. The Swatcats countered with Henri just failing to connect with an Amadou cross.
 
With the hosts regularly losing possession in midfield, Suphan began to grow into the game and were looking more dangerous up front. At the other end and somewhat against the run of play Amadou swiveled and hit a low shot inches wide. Minutes later Henri shot tamely over the bar.
 
With confidence growing, a superb flowing movement involving Amadou and Henri ended with a Weerawat shot going just wide as the Swatcats had three chances in as many minutes.
 
The Swatcats continued to dominate with a clear penalty for handball turned down but In a late scare Cunningham saved following a quick counter from Cleiton.

In a final flourish, with the last kick of the game, the Suphan keeper saved well from a 22-yard free kick as the hosts launched a last, panic ridden attempt to win the game.

A mediocre effort tonight and a chance lost to pull clear of the relegation zone. The team never looked like winning and indeed, Suphanburi looked the more organized and crisper side tonight.

Rudderless and bereft of ideas up front. Sadly, the question has to be asked, are we heading for Tier 2!!



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Very poor crowd again TW

Thanks for the report - 3 away games coming up - Chonburi (see you), Chiang Mai and Port !

Gotta get some points out of those games. ATB
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The Swatcats embark upon a series of three consecutive away games this weekend (Sunday 18th August, KO 1900 hours, Tv coverage Truesports TS2).

This is a winnable game for the Swatcats and 3 points would certainly ease their relegation worries.

Thaiwolf prediction; Away win


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Hi TW - yes it IS ugly. With just 7 games to go and only 4 points clear, is this the right time to change the Manager? At this stage a move like that could backfire. 3 points on Sunday please . . .
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Changing coach now would be a disaster. We need to stick with Joksic and hope for the best - we are of course only one point off 8th place (which would be a decent finish)!!

Next season.... I'm beginning to think we need a change.

Interestingly, Manu Polking (considered one of the best coaches in Thailand), has recently announced that he is leaving Bangkok United at the end of the season.

Further, Ivan Boscovic was spotted sitting with former coach Kambe at the weekend's match.......just saying!!
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Swatcats on tour.  Drove from Korat to Pattaya this morning - and I'm still alive!!!


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Another Swatcat on tour - en route Chonburi at 10 - come on Swatcats !
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It's what Thai football is all about. Sharks and Swatcats fans enjoying a pre match bevvie.


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Dateline 18th August 2019

 FT Chonburi Sharks 2 NRFC 1

Attendance; 5507

The Sharks began brightly with debutant keeper Chainarong saving smartly after 30 seconds. Minutes later Kroekrit shot agonizingly inches wide with an angled drive. At the other end, Henri got onto the end of an Amadou lob but was thwarted by the home keeper.

With Chonburi looking more refined and the visitors resorting to the Neanderthal tactic of lumping the ball forward for Henri to chase, the contrast in tactics was embarrassing at times.

In the 12th minute Caion broke forward and forced the visitor’s keeper into a fine save. The Sharks continued to press and in the 25th minute a viciously deflected shot from Sarahat Sontisawat eluded the keeper and crept into the net to put the Sharks one up.

Minutes later and rather unexpectedly, the Swatcats equalized when Amadou skillfully slid the ball into the net from 8 yards and as the first half whistle blew, the visitors could consider themselves lucky to be on level terms.

After a brief period of decent attacking play as the second half commenced, the visitors faded as the home attack, with Caion prominent, began to tear the Swatcat defence apart with thrusts from both flanks. The combative Caion had two headed chances before the inevitable happened in the 64th minute when Caion struck home after the Swatcat defence failed to clear.

With the Swatcats attack bereft of ideas, this strike looked like the winner and as the match stuttered to a conclusion, the visitors limped to yet another disappointing loss.

In what has become common recently, a toothless, mediocre performance with the team resorting to lumping the ball forward for our inept forwards to chase. There was no pattern, no crisp passing movements and a distinct lack of quality on display.
My early season optimism has quickly evaporated as it has transpired that coach Joksic is presiding over a very average team.
The team is now deep in relegation territory and quite honestly with Port, Buriram and Samut Prakan to come, I cannot see where our next points are going to come from. The team needs a fresh approach but unfortunately, I fear that even a big change within the coaching staff will save us from the dreaded drop.



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Fixtures ahead in the Swatcat’s relegation battle.

Chang Mai United A
Port A
Samut Prakan H
Buriram H
Chainat A
Sukhothai H

I expect zero points from Port, Samut Prakan and Buriram. The vital fixtures are against fellow strugglers Chang Mai, Chainat and Sukhothai.

If I had to guess, 7 points will be enough to survive - wins against Chang Mai and Sukhothai and a draw at Chainat would do the trick.