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Tearful coach quits as Phuket FC slide to 7th

Tearful coach quits as Phuket FC slide to 7th

PHUKET: Phuket FC ended up with another home draw against TTM FC last night (August 3).


By Kazira Hans

Sunday 4 August 2013, 10:14PM


Close but no cigar - Phuket FC lose an aerial battle in the TTM goalmouth.

Close but no cigar - Phuket FC lose an aerial battle in the TTM goalmouth.

Frustrated fans vented their feelings, chanting “Get out” at a tearful coach Panipol Kerdyaem.

He obliged, promptly resigning, leaving the following message on the Phuket FC fan page this afternoon: “I would like to thank Khun Pamuke, Khun Eam, Management, Khun Niwat, staff, Phuket footballers and fans for your support. I have been very happy to work here.

"But I have resigned from my position as head coach... Thank you...”

So far there is no news of who might step upn as a new coach, though rumours have Tego, former Chiang Rai Utd coach, in the frame. He was at the game yesterday.

In individual terms, there were winners in the match. The tall striker from Cruzeiro, Cristian Alex, scored his first goal for Phuket FC in 2nd half from a free kick by Doumeng.

The Brazilian came on as substitute for Giorgi shortly after 2nd half kicked off and showed his Samba skills, creating many opportunities for Eak-artit and Takam.

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Fifteen minutes into the second half, Doumeng curved a free kick across the TTM goal. Cristian Alex outleaped two TTM defenders to head in his first goal at home.

TTM FC turned the pressure up and pushed for an equalizer, with Didier Sohna and Alfred putting the Phuket defence under some serious testing. Phuket keeper Ninuruddin performed miracles, blocking three consecutive shots from Sohna with his hands, feets, arms and legs or any other part of his body that would work.

As the attack receded, Phuket went back on the attack but to no avail, and TTM pulled a swift counter-play on the right wing.

Nigerian striker Alfred showed his sniper skills with a long ball that looped over towards Phuket’s goal and curled in right under the crossbar, leaving Ninuruddin unable to do anything but watch the ball bury itself in the net, evening the score.

TTM applied serious pressure in the last 15 minutes but failed to make anything else stick.

With Gulf Saraburi winning, the 1-1 draw saw Phuket slip to the No 7 slot in the table – and Panipol make his apologetic exit.

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