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Phuket FC continue fight for promotion tonight

Phuket FC continue fight for promotion tonight

PHUKET: With the Islanders now in sixth place, and 17 games remaining in the season, Phuket will have to start winning often just to stay in contention. Tonight's game against BBCU FC at Surakul Stadium at 6.30pm, will be the next chance the players have to prove themselves.

By Kazira Hans

Saturday 6 July 2013, 02:04PM

BBCU have 25 points, with six wins, seven draws and four losses, almost identical to Phuket FC’s six wins, seven draws and three losses, with one less game played.

The winners will have more room to breath, while the losers will shoulder more burden going into the next game. It goes without saying, but this game is very important.

To aid in their promotion push, Phuket FC have added new players to their squad. In particular, the arrival of striker Sukree E-tae from Chonburi FC might help Dudu, who used to be the sole striker but hasn’t been able to play to his full potential, finding himself closely marked in every game.

With a strong defense, which fans dub the “Super Big 4”, the challenge for the coach and the team is to work on connecting the midfield and forwards, and promote more attacking play – not just long balls.

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BBCU have a strong squad. They have the experience of Moussa Silla, and the speed of Bouba Abbo combined with his 188 cm height – Nene Bi and Sato might have to use their heads more than ever.

BBCU’s strength is their ground game where they control the tempo with smooth, passing moves, but Pichet Inbang’s direct free kicks can be deadly as well.

Phuket will have to learn from their last home game to not let them get too close to strike. 
They also need to learn a winning mentality – before it’s too late.

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