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Dusit Chalermsan: Bangkok United victory bigger than the win over Port FC

BG Pathum United’s head coach Dusit Chalermsan is elated with his side’s 2-0 triumph over Bangkok United but still believe keeping his feet on the ground.

The 2019 Thai League 2 (T2) champions travelled the Thammasat Stadium with the best defensive record in the league – conceding only once from 6 games this season. Meanwhile, no other Thai League 1 (T1) side has scored as many goals compared to Mano Polking’s Bangkok United (12 goals from 6 matches).

Goals from Brazilian centre-back Victor Cardozo and an unfortunate own-goal from Manuel Bihr gave BG Pathum United the 2-0 win – the club’s first win at Thammasat Stadium in 10 years. This is Dusit Chalermsan’s second win against fellow title challenger on the bounce, following last weekend’s 1-0 triumph versus Port FC.

“This is a special victory, maybe even more so than the win over Port FC because I see the players, both Thais and foreign, giving more than a hundred percent. I am delighted with what I saw. Everyone really fought for the team. Tactics are one thing but it is the players’ determination that I’m really pleased with.” The Rabbit head coach spoke during the post-match conference.

The 50 years old made only 1 change against Bangkok United, swapping Spanish midfielder Daniel Toti for the industrious Surachat Sareepim. Employing a big striker as a left-wingback came as a surprise to most fans but turned out to be a great tactical decision from Dusit.

“Tonight we faced a strong opponent and, without the injured Toti, had used Surachat [Sareepim] instead. It’s true, this might not be his best position but I felt he dealt with [Tristan] Do well, thanks to his pace and power. If we fielded a youngster, I am afraid we’ll be at a disadvantage in terms of experience. Overall I thought [Surachat] did pretty well tonight.”

“To be honest, the team is not fully settled. As we saw tonight, we’ve added a few more injuries and therefore need to adapt and learn as we go along.”

BG Pathum United ended Bangkok United’s 5-match unbeaten run and also overtake the Angels at the top of the Thai League table with 16 points from 6 games. Dusit will be aiming to extend their stay at the summit next week when they welcome 15th-place Rayong FC, who is yet to pick up a single point this season, to the LEO Stadium on Saturday.