Myanmar head coach Radojko Avramovic was less than impressed with his side's performance after a 4-2 loss to Singapore on Wednesday evening.
The defeat leaves Myanmar rooted to the bottom of Group B with just a point, and they now need a miracle against Thailand to have any hope of progressing to the AFF Suzuki Cup semi-finals.
Avramovic was unhappy despite a second-half fightback from his team, feeling a lack of leadership in defence gave Singapore a huge helping hand as the Lions roared back into contention following an opening loss to Thailand.
“Christmas came too early for Singapore because we gave some presents – at least 3 goals,” the three-time Suzuki Cup winning coach said.
“Now, we have a difficult job to do against Thailand.
“The players showed that they can compete with Singapore and Singapore went down in the second half.
“Our plan in the first half was to try keep Singapore (away) from our goal and try to attacking in the second half, but we conceded those 3 very easy goals (in the first).
“One thing that’s missing is a leader. You have to have leaders in the defence. They must act in those (danger) moments.”
The former Singapore coach also praised Hariss Harun and Shaiful Esah, stating he always knew what they were capable of such performances.
But the Serbian also thinks that if Singapore played the exact same way on Saturday, advancing from the group stages will be tough to achieve.
“I’m afraid if they play like today it will be difficult for Singapore,” Avramovic said.
“I think Malaysia is a good team.
“I think as the competition progresses, they (Malaysia) will get even better.”comments