Thai Port 0-0 Osotspa Saraburi
Some goalless draws are memorable despite the lack of goals, but this game was certainly not one of them.
A single save of note by either keeper was hard to find. Indeed the Thai Port keeper’s effort to somehow deflect a routine cross onto his own goalpost was was one of very few incidents of entertainment during a pretty dour match.
Both teams began by passing the the ball relatively neatly, and there was a good pace to the game early on, but without the carrot of 300,000 baht for a win, Thai Port were a shadow of the team that deservedly beat Buriram 7 days ago.
This was certainly a game for Scotsman Steve Robb to try to stake a claim for a regular start. However, in a game where he should have been looking to make a case for being on the teamsheet every week, he flattered to deceive once again.
Robb’s first contribution was a heavy touch which took him past one player into the Osotspa half. Sadly this was immediately followed by another heavy touch resulting in groans from the terraces when he carelessly gave the ball away. Not long after the moans had faded, a surging run from Robb took him onto the edge of the box, but he did himself no favours whatsoever with a scuffed shot that was more akin to that of a primary school left-back than a former Scottish Premier League player.
In the dying minutes, Narat was sent off for Thai Port and Dudu almost won the points for Osotspa as his 90th minute header struck the post.
A point for each side was a fair outcome and maintained Thai Port’s unbeaten run. Clearly the incentive of some more cash could result in a far better performance than Thai Port put in today.
Thanks to Scotty for providing us with the match report.