Buriram suffer setback as Theerathon shines for Kirins
Buriram’s Diogo Luis Santo, left, vies with Bangkok United’s Panupong Wongsa.
Buriram United’s new coach Afshin Ghotbi suffered another disappointment on Sunday as the Thunder Castle played out a goalless draw at home with Bangkok United to see their chances of retaining the Thai League title evaporate even further.
A day earlier leaders SCG Muang Thong United saw former Buriram star Theerathon Bunmathan find the net in his debut for the Kirins, who hammered Nakhon Ratchsima 4-1.
The outcome at I-Mobile Stadium also had an impact on Bangkok United’s effort to keep pace with Muang United as the capital side fell four points behind the leaders.
With the second half of the league season having commenced at the weekend, Muang Thong’s total improved to 48 points. Bangkok Glass, who beat Samut Prakan 2-1, were third with 36 points, five ahead of Buriram.
Ghotbi said: “We had many new faces playing together for the first time. They need time to gel. We are disappointed but I hope we will get better.”
Buriram failed to score, although they welcomed back striker Diogo Luis Santo from a long-term injury lay-off.
On Saturday night, Theerathon, who joined the Kirins after parting ways with bitter rivals Buriram, opened the scoring in the 32nd minute.
Maung Thong coach Totchtawan Sripan said: “It is good to see Theerathon settle down in the team so quickly.
“It was only his first game and he looked quite comfortable out there.”