SHAH ALAM – National football squad (Harimau Malaya) Head Coach, Dollah Salleh has expressed his dissapointment aft poor defending cause them to go down 1-2 to Vietnam in the semi-final first leg of the AFF Suzuki Cup 2014 football tournament at the Shah Alam Stadium, tonight.
The 51-year old coach pointed out that a mistake by defender, Mahalli Jasuli in the second half proved costly for the team, who now head for a do-or-die mission in the return leg at the My Dinh National Stadium in Hanoi, Vietnam, this Thursday.
“Today, I consider this our worst performance especially in attackg and defence. I do not know what happen to the players but we still have 90 minutes in Hanoi and in football, anything can happen,” Dollah told reporters after the match.
The former Police coach was also suprised to see the fast and attacking approach by Vietnam under the tutelage of Japanese coach, Toshiya Miura which was vastly different from Malaysia’s 0-3 defeat to them in an friendly match in Vietnam some time back.
Dollah also pointed out that three of the opponent’s player played well in tonight’ match namely Nguyen Huy Hung, Pham Thanh Luong and Que Ngoc Hai.
“Today they (Vietnam) were much better compared to our previous defeat to them and we were lucky that they did not score more goals,” he added.
Meanwhile, Miura said he was very satisfied with his boys’ performance while admitting that they squandered many goal scoring chances especially in the second half.
“For me, a slim win against Malaysia does not guarantee a final spot for us as we must work harder against our opponent in the return leg at our homeground,” Miura said.
Echoing his views was Vietnam’s skipper, Le Cong Vinh who thanked the Vietnamese fans who came along from the country to give the support to them.
He said he was also quite suprised to see a large turn out for the match which described was the same situation as in the Japanese League (J-League).
“I’m also quite happy with my teammates who showed a lot of effort for us to clinch an important win but we must remember that Malaysia are not an easy opponent, so we must be cautious when facing them in the return leg,” Cong Vinh said. – BERNAMA