Ugly performance, desired result

Malaysia struggled for Long periods in their opening match of the AFF Cup against Cambodia before winning 3-2.

Coming back twice from behind, Malaysia raised their game when it mattered to snatch all three points before their crucial match ups against Vietnam and Myanmar.

Offering no excuses for their display, coach Dato Ong Kim Swee felt that what was more important was getting a winning start, and improve on areas that stood out in the match,

” We needed to get the three points, that was the aim and I am relieved we managed to achieve it” said Kim Swee when contacted in Yangon.

” Of course our performance is much to he desired but we hope to build from this.

” There was too much ball watching, lack of movement and urgency in the first half.

” Things improved towards the final quarter but I must reiterate that our finishing let us down.

” We need to work on a few grey areas in Defence and not allow opponents such luxury in Attack.

” A job done to get the points but far from satisfactory as far as the overall performance is concerned.”

The defenders were static when conceding the second goal but Kim Swee does not have much options on the bench,

It was only after the inclusion of Safee Sali that the strike force posed any threat to the opponents.

Kim Swee could opt to start Safee instead of Darren Lok in their next match against Vietnam.