Schaefer upbeat ahead of World Cup qualifier (08/10/2010)

Thailand coach Winfried Schaefer said yesterday he was pleased with the performance of his second-string side who drew 0-0 with Jordan in a warm-up match at Rajamangala National Stadium on Thursday night.

"We did not play well in the first half but did well in the second half after we made some changes," said the German coach.

"But our strikers were not sharp and that's our problem."

Thailand's top striker Teerasil Dangda was rested because of a slight injury.

Forwards Sarayuth Chaikamdee and Sompong Soleb were in the starting line-up and both squandered a couple of good chances. Sompong got injured in the first half and was substituted.

Schaefer said Chartree Chimtalay is a good striker but he does not have a high chance of playing for his country because he is often on the bench at his club Bangkok Glass.

The German was particularly pleased with left-back Teerathorn Boonmathan's performance.

Apart from Teerasil, midfielders Datsakorn Thonglao and Surat Sukha are also injured.

"If they are fit, they are likely to start against Saudi Arabia," Schaefer said.

Thailand will host Saudi Arabia at Rajamangala stadium on Tuesday in Group D of Asia's qualifying for the 2014 World Cup.

After two games, Australia lead the group with six points, three ahead of Thailand. Saudi Arabia and Oman each have one point.

The top two teams from each of the five groups advance to the continent's final qualifying stage.

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