We’ve shown bottle on the road

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Updated: April 7, 2016
Bangkok Glass Matt Smith

We’ve started the season well again (Bangkok Glass are currently top of the PLT), but as I’ve said all along, it’s a test for us to be consistent this season. What has been pleasing is we have picked up a couple of tricky away wins at Chainat (3-2) and Korat (2-1). At Chainat in particular we played very well, whereas against the Swatcat we really ground out a result.

The pressure has been on us away from home. We know we have to be better in this area from last season. So, it’s a pleasing start and hoping the team can build on our performances. But we are only six games in so the test is over the whole season. My perspective has not changed – I want to see progress from last year.

It is always appreciated to get any type of accolade, and in that way it’s nice to win the player of the month award for March. But really, it’s an acknowledgement of the team, rather than me as an individual. Because we are doing well, the individual awards tend to follow. That’s what I always say to my team-mates here; if we’re performing well, you’ll get your recognition and it’s important to stay team focused.

I was delighted for Dos (Siwakorn Sangwong), who received the Goal.com young player of the month award. It’s recognition for the way he has started the season. I got presented with my award one day, and he got his the next so it’s good for BGFC also. The challenge is to keep pushing and improving.

Dos Bangkok Glass

Dos (Siwakorn Sangwong)

The atmospheres in the grounds in Thailand are generally very good. The atmosphere at our home games is great; the fans get behind us, and we get good support away from home too. Of the other teams, Muangthong is always a good atmosphere because it’s our derby match, and I was impressed with the fans at Port when we played there last season. All in all, there is always a good vibe and atmosphere at most stadiums and it’s a pleasure to play in front of the fans.

People ask me about the training regime here at Bangkok Glass, and I have to say it’s pretty intense. We train six days a week. Training usually lasts one and a half hours, but I usually get in two hours beforehand for a massage, physio or gym work. I usually leave home at 2pm every day, which gets me into the training complex for about 3pm. We’ll generally train from 5pm-7pm, and after a bit of physio and a meal in the club restaurant, I’m in the car on the way home at 8pm. I’m back at my condo in the Phrom Phong area of Sukhumvit for 9pm. The training set-up is very professional and would compare to any of the top clubs in Asia.

We play Yala United on the Malaysian border on Sunday in the Thai FA Cup. The cup competitions are important to us and we’ll be heading down there focused on playing well. The magic of the cup always throws up the occasional surprise result, so we are fully respectful of our opponents despite them playing in a lower league. There have been a few disturbances down there recently which have been in the news but we are staying in a hotel a long way from where the game will be played.

I’m looking forward to seeing the Bangkok Glass fans down there as I know some will be travelling. Stay safe and I hope we can deliver the win for you.

Images: ESPN and BGFC

 

Matt Smith is the captain of Bangkok Glass FC and a former Australia international.

 

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