Thailand team return to winning ways (11/11/2011)
JAKARTA : The Thai football team put their stuttering campaign back on track with a 4-0 win over Cambodia yesterday.
It was a much-needed triumph for Thailand who lost 2-1 to defending champions Malaysia in their opening Group A game on Wednesday.
In a one-sided match, forward Ronnachai Rangsiyo squandered several chances before Natarid Thmmroddodpon, his partner up front, opened the scoring after 17 minutes with a superb long range shot.
Cambodia defended bravely with goalkeeper Um Vichet making several good saves.
Thailand comfortably shifted into another gear in the second half but had to wait until the 72nd minute to get their second goal when Attapong Nooprom headed the ball past Vichet.
Four minutes later, Kroekrit Thawikan made it 3-0 and Attapong scored his second goal after 83 minutes.
Thailand manager Kasem Jariyawatwong said he was happy that his men won.
"We had to win so we attacked from the start," he said.
"Cambodia played well but we had more chances and we took them."
Kasem added: "I had told the players that they could not lose and they gave their all to bring back the fans' faith.
"After we were leading 1-0, we were under pressure because we were afraid that Cambodia would score like they did against Singapore [who won 2-1] in their previous match.
"But we kept piling the pressure on them and actually we could have scored 10 goals."
Thailand will next face hosts Indonesia tomorrow at 7pm and Kasem said his players were ready for the crucial clash.
"We will play before a hostile crowd in a packed stadium. But I think my players will be able to control their temper. We must go for a win as a draw may not be enough for us to progress to the semi-finals."
In yesterday's other Group A match, Indonesia defeated Singapore 2-0 with first-half goals from Patrich Wanggai and Titus Bonai.
The top two teams from each of the two groups advance to the semi-finals.
P W D L GF GA PTS
Indonesia 2 2 0 0 8 0 6
Malaysia 2 1 1 0 2 1 4
Singapore 3 1 1 1 2 3 4
Thailand 2 1 0 1 5 2 3
Cambodia 3 0 0 3 1 12 0
Source : http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/sports/265879/thailand-team-return-to-winning-ways