Dollah finds positives in Thailand defeat

Malaysia national team coach Dollah Salleh was pleased with how his side fared despite losing 3-2 to Thailand at the 2014 AFF Suzuki Cup.

Harimau Malaya took the lead twice against the Thais at the Jalan Besar Stadium on Wednesday evening and created several other opportunities to score, including Amri Yahyah's audacious chip from inside his own half that came off the top of Kawin Thammasatchanan’s bar.

However, they were pegged back on both occasions and eventually conceded a last-gasp strike from Adisak Kraisorn, who gave Afif Amiruddin the slip before firing in past Khairul Fahmi Che Mat’s near post.

Despite the loss, Dollah was keen to praise his side’s valiant display.

“I’m very happy with the boys and I’m really proud of how they played tonight,” said the 51-year-old.

“The only thing that didn’t go our way tonight was the final result.”

With this defeat, the 2010 champions dropped to third place in Group B and will need a win on Saturday against neighbours Singapore to make it through to the semi-finals.

Despite the magnitude of the task, Dollah believes his side has what it takes to beat the four-time winners. 

“I don’t think it’s over yet,” he said.

“I thought we were superb tonight and if we play the same way we did [against Thailand], I don’t think we’ll have a problem against Singapore.”

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