Important for Malaysia not to concede – Amri Yahyah

Amri Yahyah is hoping that Malaysia can build on their solid defensive display against Singapore on Friday to progress to the later stages of the AFF Suzuki Cup in November.

Despite being under the cosh for most of the 90 minutes by the hosts at Singapore National Stadium, the Tigers held out for a goalless draw.

Coming after September's 3-0 loss in Indonesia, it was, according to the captain, a step in the right direction.

The important thing for us was that we did not concede,” the Johor Darul Ta'zim attacker told FourFourTwo. “We worked hard and we did not lose. We worked as a team and defended well and worked hard."

In Myanmar next month, Malaysia will take on the co-hosts of the AFF Suzuki Cup as well as Vietnam and one of Brunei, Cambodia, Laos and Timor Leste. 

After losing to Thailand in the final of the 2014 tournament, Malaysia are keen to get to the latter stages once again.

"We know that Vietnam are strong at the moment,” said Yahyah. “They did well in World Cup qualification and are playing well. They will be a tough opponent for us.

Myanmar are improving too and it will not be easy and they will have their fans behind them.

"But I believe that after this game with Singapore, we can take confidence and we can get out of the group at the AFF Suzuki Cup.”

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