Malaysia’s static defending frustrates Dollah

Harimau Malaya’s 3-0 capitulation to Syria has given coach Dollah Salleh a headache ahead of the 2014 AFF Suzuki Cup.

Visitors Syria scored thrice to thrash a hapless Malaysia side at the Shah Alam Stadium in their penultimate friendly before the AFF Suzuki Cup.

According to Dollah, Syria managed to play quick, attacking football with good movements and supporting runs that toyed with his side’s defence.

“There were many silly mistakes in the sense that their marking wasn’t tight enough,” Dollah said during the post-match press conference.

“Our defenders lost the players that they should have been marking, and every time the ball came in, they were stagnant and standing still, while the Syrian players were moving around and constantly finding space.

“That’s why Syria took some of the goal-scoring opportunities offered to them.”

He jokingly added, “If I was still playing as a striker and was afforded as much space, I could score as well!”

Despite the setback, he praised his team’s good performance in the first half and his strike duo of Amri Yahyah and Norshahrul Idlan Talaha.

“I can see that Mat Yo is still working hard and trying to get his performance back.

“And I’m not worried about Amri; he can make magic happen.”

Dollah also admitted that he is trying to identify his first eleven, and that the constant chopping and changing his starting lineup is the main reason why “teamwork is still our weakness”.

Malaysia will face Vietnam next on Sunday in their final pre-AFF Suzuki Cup friendly.