Yodyadthai proud of resurgent Thailand
Dubai: Thailand interim head coach Sirisak Yodyadthai praised his players for producing an exceptional performance in the War Elephants’ win over Bahrain on Thursday.
After a goalless first half, Chanathip Songkrasin fired home a superb shot that eventually sealed Thailand’s 1-0 victory, reviving their AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 Group A campaign.
“I felt that we did very well, especially in the second half,” Yodyadthai said.
“The players delivered what I wanted although we had adjusted a few tactical points from the last game. The players kept going and compliments to Bahrain for a strong match. We are very happy with the result and we will come back (better) for the next game.”
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Yodyadthai replaced Milovan Rajevac at the helm after their 4-1 defeat to India on Matchday One, and the 49-year-old revealed that one of his first steps was to rebuild confidence and instill discipline in the squad.
“I told them about my faith in them and that they could deliver,” said Yodyadthai.
“After I was appointed as the interim head coach, we looked through the mistakes of that game (against India) and I instilled into the team more discipline and emphasis on defence, and the players delivered as I wanted.
“Rajevac had implemented a very strong structure in our team and I wanted to let the players express themselves in the best way they could and today (Thursday) they showed that they can, and we’ll be expecting more from them.”
The win over the West Asians is their first in five encounters and Yodyadthai said he expects his team to maintain their form against host nation United Arab Emirates at the Hazza bin Zayed Stadium on Monday.
“I’m very excited and happy. Thailand don't have a very good record against teams from West Asia, and today the players did really well. I’m still very surprised with the performance they delivered but it is due to the homework the team had done.
“The next game against the UAE is going to be a very tough game. They are the hosts and will have the fans backing them but I believe in my players and am confident they will do well in the next game as well.”
Bahrain held the lion’s share of possession and had almost double the shots on target compared to the Southeast Asians but failed to find the back of the net.
Head coach Miroslav Soukup blamed the loss on their shortcomings in the final third but is still hopeful of winning against India in Sharjah on Monday.
“We had ball possession in the first half and other than the quality of our finishing, I don't think there is anything wrong. This was our problem today,” Soukup said.
“We are still looking forward because the tournament is not finished. In front of us is a game against India, and I think everything is open.
“We hope that if we win against India, we can qualify with four points.”
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