Sarayoot seals Thailand friendly win (12/08/2010)

Sarayoot Chaikamdee celebrated his return to the national squad when he scored the winner in Thailand's 1-0 friendly win over Singapore last night.

he Thai Port forward found the net after 28 minutes in an entertaining game at Yamaha stadium, Muang Thong Thani.

It was Thailand's first match since the King's Cup in Nakhon Ratchasima in January when Bryan Robson's men also defeated the Singaporeans by the same scoreline.

With several first-team stars pulling out of the clash, Robson had to use a number of players from the Asian Games (Under-23) squad.

Yesterday's victory was a boost for Thailand before their assignments at the Asian Games in November and the Suzuki Cup (Southeast Asian championship) in December.

Thailand got off to a lively start against Singapore with midfielder Datsakorn Thonglao sending a free-kick just over the bar two minutes after the kick-off.

Striker Teerasil Dangda got two good chances but failed to send the ball past Singapore goalkeeper Hassan Sunny.

However, after seven minutes Thailand were lucky that the referee did not award the visitors a penalty after Chonlatit Jantakam tripped a Singapore player in the area.

Singapore tried to hit back with counter-attack as Serbian-born striker Aleksandar Duric threatened Thailand with his height. In the 19th minute, Duric saw his strike cleared off the line by Chonlatit.

Thailand went ahead in the 28th minute following neat passing between Datsakorn, Teerasil, Suchao Nutnum and Sarayoot.

Dubbed "Five-yard Joe" for his finishing touch from that range, Sarayoot this time scored from just inside the area.

Thailand were still dominant in the second half with Sarayoot, Datsakorn, Teerasil and Suttinun Phukhom making unsuccessful attempts.

Sarayoot could have scored his second goal but his header was brilliantly saved by Sunny in the 70th minute.

With three minutes to go, debutant Wichaya Dechmitr's chip beat Sunny but hit the woodwork.

"I'm very pleased with some of the young players. Teerasil and Sarayoot also played well up front," said Robson, the Thailand coach.

The former England international admitted that Singapore should have got a penalty in the first half. But he said his men should have scored three or four goals.

"We had several chances but the Singapore keeper made several brilliant saves," he said.

Singapore coach Radojko Avramovic said that to be fair to both sides it should have been a draw.

Thailand will have home-and-away warm-up matches against India on Sept 4 and 8.