Coming off the heels of last Tuesday’s somewhat disappointing 2-2 Thai Premier League draw at home against Chainat F.C., Chiang Mai F.C. rebounded nicely last night at 700 Anniversary Stadium exhibiting a lot of heart and effort en route to a 1-1 draw against a very strong Bangkok United side.
It wasn’t so much the final score that had to leave the Lanna Tigers manager Carlos Parreira encouraged but the way his troops performed.
The Tigers came out of the box with lunch pails in hand. Equipped with a solid work ethic entrenched in their approach, they played with purpose from the minute the game started, never letting up, giving the spectators on hand reason to believe they meant business.
The visitors took a 1-0 lead on a goal by Anon Amornlerdsak but soon after centre forward Eliandro punched in the tying goal for the home side. The São Paulo Brazil native would go on to have a tremendous game, showing several signs of brilliance.
Left winger Mustafa Azadzoy also enjoyed a fine match, exhibiting speed and determination on three or four dashes down the field with Eliandro close by his side.
While time of possession clearly favoured United, the visitors seemed to lack proper finish in from the goal. That resulted in a definite show of frustration from several of their players.
If ever a draw could be called a moral victory, this had to be the case in a match many described as one of the most exciting of the current campaign.
The point left the Tigers with a 2-3-5 record, still within the dangerous relegation ranks.
Still, if Parreira’s boys can continue to play with this kind of grit and determination for what still remains to be a long season, they could rebound nicely and stay inside of the top 10.
The Tigers hit the road next weekend for a Sunday night match against Nakhonratchasima.
It will be very interesting to see whether they can continue the super effort turned in last night against Bangkok United.