‘Dolphins’ slide continues with seventh straight defeat

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Pattaya United’s current Premier League woes continued last weekend with a 4-0 thumping at the hands of bottom club Bangkok United at the Thai-Japanese Stadium in Bangkok.

Having recently seen a change of leadership in the coach’s dug-out, Pattaya were hoping to turn around their miserable start to the season but they got off to the worst possible start when some slack marking in their penalty area saw Bangkok forward Sompong Soleb steal in at the far post to give his team the lead in just the second minute of the match.

Pattaya United’s Rodion Dyachenko (right) battles for the ball with Bangkok United’s Mohamad Al Hasan during their Toyota Thai Premier League game at the Thai-Japanese Stadium in Bangkok, Saturday, April 27. (Photo/Pattaya United/Offside)Pattaya United’s Rodion Dyachenko (right) battles for the ball with Bangkok United’s Mohamad Al Hasan during their Toyota Thai Premier League game at the Thai-Japanese Stadium in Bangkok, Saturday, April 27. (Photo/Pattaya United/Offside)

The Dolphin’s defence was under pressure for much of the first half but they managed to avoid any further catastrophes and the score still remained 1-0 to the hosts at the break.

In the second half, Bangkok began to turn on the style that had been markedly missing from their previous seven games, from which they had garnered just a single point.  The home team doubled their lead in the 66th minute when French midfielder Romain Gasmi fired in a spectacular looping volley from 25 meters out.

The match was put out of reach of Pattaya in the 77th minute as Soleb scored his second goal of the game with almost a carbon copy of the first, and Bangkok put the icing on the cake of their own fine performance when Gasmi was put clean through and completed his own brace in the 82nd minute.

Pattaya are now on their worst run of defeats since the club entered the Thai Premier League 4 seasons ago and they are currently only propped up off the bottom by Sisaket FC who have 5 games in hand on the ‘Dolphins’.  Pattaya’s next match is this coming Saturday, at home against TOT with kick-off at 6 p.m.

Chonburi ‘Sharks’ leapfrogged Suphanburi into third place in the standings after the two went head to head last weekend, with Chonburi securing a fine 1-0 away win.  The ‘Sharks’ return home this coming weekend for a fixture against Bangkok Glass on Sunday.

Team P W D L +/- Pts.
Muang Thong United 8 7 0 1 10 21
Buriram United 7 5 2 0 11 17
Chonburi 8 5 2 1 7 17
Suphanburi 8 4 3 1 5 15
BEC Tero Sasana 8 4 3 1 4 15
Army United 8 4 1 3 9 13
TOT 8 3 3 2 -1 12
Chainat 8 2 5 1 2 11
Songkhla United 8 3 2 3 -5 11
Police United 7 2 3 2 -2 9
Ratchaburi 8 2 3 3 -2 9
Bangkok Glass 8 2 2 4 -1 8
Osotspa 7 2 2 3 -3 8
Samut Songkhram 7 0 4 3 -4 4
Bangkok United 8 1 1 6 -9 4
Chiangrai United 7 0 3 4 -5 3
Pattaya United 8 1 0 7 -12 3
Sisaket 3 0 1 2 -4 1
Results:  Buriram United 3 – 1 Police United, Songkhla United 1 – 1 Samut Songkhram, Bangkok United 4 – 0 Pattaya United, Muang Thong United 2 – 1 Chiangrai United, Chainat 1 – 1 BEC Tero Sasana, Suphanburi 0 – 1 Chonburi, TOT 1 – 1 Ratchaburi, Bangkok Glass 1 – 0 Army United