Monday, 29 December 2008

We missed the fox in the box

From the games i've seen on the telly. Thailand certainly missed a real striker in my opinion. Someone who can do nothing for most of the game and then just simply slot the ball in the net when called upon.

I recall, i previously mentioned Sarayoot Chaikamdee who has scored on 26 previous occsasions for the national side, albeit, most goals coming against the likes of Macao and Timor-Leste.

Even though he wasn't considered fit enough, i think he could have done a job in the final third and could probably on reflection taken the sub spot off BEC Tero forward Anon Sangsanoi who saw very little action. Coach Reid certainly doesn't seem to favour him.

Again, in the action i have seen, it is quite clear that Reid favours the long route 1 ball. I'm not too sure where this will get us in the future. We need more of the ball and wind our opponents down, simply pass and move. Far to often our full backs Sukha and Sammana would just launch the blasted thign forward. It's OK getting Dangda's head on it, but then who wins the second ball? Not us!

We have to start to learn to keep ball more, not be afriad to pass sideways and pass backwards, time to have confidence on the ball. This will come evantually. but probably at the cost of Asian Cup qualification. Not sure how we will fair in that. Looks like Iran and Jordan will have the number on us and Singapore, will anything could happen in that regional derby game.

Set pieces will be a key to our future, but we can't just hope to get free kicks. We are good in the air in South East Asia, but bring on the Middle East, could be a different kettle of fish.

Now, as Runner's Up once again, the team must deliver in our annual King's Cup, to bring a bit of success back to the nation.

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