We can still win league

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Updated: June 1, 2016
Matt Smith Leo Stadium

I have been asked this question a lot recently: “Do you think Bangkok Glass can still win the league?” It’s a difficult question to answer, especially when there is so much football yet to be played. As it stands, we are nine points behind Muangthong United. Coming towards the end of the first leg already, if we are to challenge we simply need to improve (in all areas) if we want the title. I believe we can, but it’s going to take a collective amount of hard work. That is the challenge for us in the second half of the season, to keep getting better.

Even though we haven’t got the points against the big teams, losing at home to Bangkok United and Buriram and at Chonburi, we have performed well in those games. We created enough chances against Chonburi and Bangkok United, but we were not clinical enough. We definitely did not deserve to lose those games, but that’s football. Some days you can perform well and not get anything. But we have created chances, and that is the encouraging thing.

What I have said all along is I want to see progress from last season, and that has been there at times. Our win at Suphanburi last weekend showed mental strength. We got something out of the game even though we were not at our best and have performed better in other matches. I witnessed a different determination from the team.

The match against Buriram was the only game where I can say we didn’t perform well enough to get something out of the game. We did not create much in that match. It was probably the worst time to play them. They say beware the wounded beast and that was definitely the case against Buriram. I knew they would want to bounce back from their shock home loss to Army United.

I remember when I was at Brisbane Roar, we had gone 36 games unbeaten, an Australian record across all sports. We then lost five in a row, and everyone was writing us off, making many assumptions about there being unrest and issues, but internally we were all together and focused on ourselves. But all teams suffer setbacks. It has to happen sometime. We bounced back as a team then.

I was impressed with Buriram in the middle of the park. Suchao Nutnum and Korean Go Seul-ki really lay the groundwork for the rest of the team to flourish. They are the side’s backbone. Those two controlled the game against us.

Of the strikers in the league, you’d probably have to rate Ratchaburi’s Heberty as the best. He’s scored three hat-tricks already this season, including one against us. There are other good strikers in the league, such as Muangthong’s Cleiton Silva, but the thing about Heberty is, I feel, he’s able to score goals from nothing and by creating his own space. I know from personal experience that if you give him an inch of space, he can punish you. He can shoot anywhere from 20-30 yards.

There have been some ins and outs in terms of our squad over the past few weeks. We have signed Jakkapan Pornsai (No.37, pictured below being introduced to teammates in training) from Suphanburi, with young players Thanasit Siripala and Suban Ngeunprasert going in the other direction. Winger Bodin Phala has also left us for Chiang Rai United. No doubt there will be more changes ahead of the second leg. I’ll be keeping a close eye on how our squad evolves.

Jakkaphan Pornsai Bangkok Glass

Other teams have also made some interesting signings. Chiang Rai are certainly getting the chequebook out and have made a big statement with several new additions, with perhaps more to follow. From an Australian perspective, I think Mark Bridge will really strengthen their squad. He’ll bring a winning mentality with him from his time in Australia with Western Sydney Wanderers, who he won the Asian Champions League with in the club’s debut campaign in the competition. It’s great to have a fellow Aussie in the league.

There’s no Premier League fixtures this weekend due to the Thailand national team games, but we face a massive game next Wednesday night at Port in the League Cup. So we’ll be working hard in training and preparing for that. It’s going to be a packed crowd down there and it’s up there with the best atmospheres in Thai football. It will be a tough game but one I’m really looking forward to.

 

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

 

Pictures Bangkok Glass

 

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