Dollah backs misfiring Norshahrul

Malaysia national team coach Dollah Salleh believes Norshahrul Idlan Talaha will produce something ‘special’ against Thailand. 

Norshahrul had a miserable year with Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) where he scored two goals all season and struggled to get into Bojan Hodak’s starting eleven, but Dollah was bullish that the 28-year-old will hit the goal trail in due time.

“Norshahrul will score,” he said in front at a pre-match press conference held at Singapore’s M Hotel on Tuesday morning.

“It hasn’t been easy for him in the league this season and he didn’t play many games, but he has been trying very hard in training.

“I think something special will come from him tomorrow.”

Taking on a confident Thailand side that brushed aside hosts Singapore in their opening game, Dollah said his side will need to brace themselves for a gigantic task tomorrow.

“It’s definitely not easy playing against Thailand, a team that I consider as one of the favourites to win,” said the former PRDM coach.

“I saw them at the Incheon Asian Games and they’re really fast.

“They’re getting better and better, but after studying a bit about their strengths and weaknesses, I have my strategy to do something and we will give them a good fight.”

After seeing his side reduced to ten men in the friendlies against Syria and Vietnam as well as Saturday’s tournament opener against Myanmar, Dollah urged his side to keep their discipline tomorrow evening.

“I’ve got a headache because we played with 10 men in the last three matches!” he half-chuckled.

“I don’t know what to say about this actually, but we just have to play our normal game tomorrow and not think about safety.

“Anything can happen in the game and I just hope we can finish the game with 11 players tomorrow.”

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