Sundram vows Singapore will go on the offensive against Thailand

Singapore head coach V.Sundramoorthy promised his side will present more of an attacking threat against Thailand with 11 men on the pitch in Tuesday's AFF Suzuki Cup showdown at the Philippines Sports Stadium on Tuesday. 

The Lions are still smarting from the first-half dismissal of Hafiz Sujad against the Philippines in the opening round of Group A games though the team fought hard to hold the co-hosts to a 0-0 draw.

“We had no choice but to defend against the Philippines as we were down to ten men with an hour to play,” Sundram told FourFourTwo. “ It will be different against Thailand. We will be at full strength and we will be looking to attack and take advantage of their weaknesses to cause them problems.”

In the earlier press conference, the former Tampines Rovers coach, appointed to the national team in May, paid tribute to the War Elephants.

Sundram is aware of the quality that they possessed, especially up front, where the likes of Teerasil Dangda lurks. The Thai striker showed how clinical he could be, with a hat-trick in their 4-2 opening win over Indonesia to follow his brace against Australia four days earlier.

“Teerasil is a good striker. We need to plan well to make sure that he doesn’t score,” the coach said.

“They are the defending champions and Thailand being Thailand, they will play an attacking game. We have to be ready for that and we know it will be a tough game.”

“We respect Thailand but do not fear them. We have got a battle for 90 minutes and we will try and get the points. If Indonesia can find a way to score against Thailand then we should also try our best."
 
Thailand coach Kiatisuk Senamuang hinted that there could be some changes to the team that defeated Indonesia as Tuesday's clash is the third in the space of a week.
 
"We will have to wait and see but some players did look a little tired against Indonesia," said the man known as 'Zico'.
 
"It will be a hard game against Singapore. We saw how hard they fought in the first game and they will fight again. We have to be ready for this."
 
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