OKS: Silly errors cost us the game
The Young Tigers looked susceptible in defence on Tuesday night, with centre-back Adam Nor Azlin being arguably the worst culprit, as he was inadvertently involved in three of the five Vietnam goals.
Speaking at the post-match press conference, coach Ong was blunt in the assessment of his side’s display.
“It’s a shameful result which had never happened to me,” he said.
“We didn’t play well and were punished with five simple goals – two penalties, one free-kick and two from our own mistakes.
“When you play against a good team like Vietnam who has very fast players, this is what you get.”
Although the eventual margin of defeat seems big, Ong thought that his side could have gotten something out of the game if they had went into the break just a goal down.
“The second goal killed us,” said the 44-year-old coach.
“It forced me to put in attackers [in the second half] instead of playing with someone who is deep inside our own area.
“However, just after we started the second half, we unfortunately made another stupid mistake which cost us dearly.”
There is no time for the Malaysians to dwell on the result though, as their next Group A game pairs them up with defending champions Thailand on Thursday.
Having dropped three points already, Ong admitted it is a win-or-bust match against the 14-time gold medallists if they still harbour hopes of making it into the semi-finals as the top two sides in Group B.
“It’s not good when you think about the tight match scheduling, but whether we’re tired or not, we still have to give our utmost best.
“We have to forget about the defeat to Vietnam and look forward to the game against Thailand.
“If we lose or draw, we’re out, so there’s no other way for us but to beat Thailand on Thursday.”