Half-time grilling fired up Chonburi (04/05/2011)

Chonburi: Chonburi boss Withaya Laohakul revealed a half-time roasting for his team was the driving force behind the 4-0 victory over East Bengal at Chonburi PE Stadium that saw the Thais join Persipura Jayapura in the last 16 of the AFC Cup.

Ney Fabiano and Therdsak Chaiman set the hosts on their way with goals either side of the interval and then striker Pipob On-mo netted two goals for the second consecutive match to seal a comprehensive win.

With Persipura Jayapura beating South China 4-2, it means they and the Sharks will progress to the knockout stage although the Group H winner will not be decided until next week. The two sides are locked together on 10 points with the Indonesians travelling to East Bengal while Chonburi take on South China at Hong Kong Stadium.

“Some of our players maybe like to hear some yelling to get them going, and I felt we had a poor performance in the first half, so I was trying to encourage them,” said Withaya.

“Our side lacked balance because we had too many injured players, so it was difficult for us to build up our style. I knew we could win this game but I was expecting more from the players, and especially our defensive game was not at the standard that I expect.”

Withaya, though, is keen to secure a home tie in the next stage by winning the group and also paid tribute to Kazuto Kushida, saying: “I think we have just found the best midfielder in Asia.”

However, in addition to missing defenders Anucha Kitpongsri and Natthaphong Samana and midfielder Ekkaphan Inthasen due to injury, defender Suree Sukha had to come off after 12 minutes giving the Chonburi boss a potential headache when deciding on his back four for their AFC Cup finale.

East Bengal coach Trevor Morgan took one positive from the game – his side's first-half performance.

“But we played much too defensive in the second half,” said Morgan.

“We conceded the same type of goals as we have done before; two goals in five minutes and that’s been the end of our team.”

East Bengal have two points after five games and cannot advance but face a busy schedule of fixtures over the next fortnight.

“We have five more games in 14 days, so this is what we have to live with,” he added .