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Sunday, January 14, 2007
Thailand's Chanvit bemoans lack of teamwork

BANGKOK  Despite an emphatic 4-0 win over the Philippines in their second Asean Football Championship Group A clash on Sunday, Thailand coach Chanvit Phalajavin was less than impressed with his team's cohesion, particularly in the second half.

'I am satisfied with the score but not with the way we played,' he lamented.

'I am not happy with the teamwork today. As a coach you want to see teamwork and goals. In the last game (against Myanmar) there was teamwork but only one goal but here there were goals but no teamwork.'

Thailand were in emphatic mood in the first half as a double from Sarayoot Chaikamdee and one from Pipat Thonkanya put the home side three-up at half-time.

However, the three-time Asean Football Championship winners appeared disjointed in the second half as the Thai players snatched at the numerous chances they had to bolster the winning margin.

Continued Chanvit: 'Our players were also nervous and everyone just wanted to score. Sometimes when their goalkeeper was coming out they would still try and score even when they could have passed for someone else better placed.'

Meanwhile, Philippines coach Aris Caslib admitted that his side were second best on the night, although they were not without their chances.

'Our mentality is still not on par with the Thais. We adjusted our game plan in the second half but they had overpowered us,' he said.

The Philippines started the second half strongly and created three reasonable scoring chances with Chris Greatwich the architect of all three.

The England-born midfielder, who is reportedly set for a trial with English Premiership side Reading after the Asean Football Championship, tested Thai keeper Kosin Hathairattanakool with a low curling shot seven minutes into the second half before firing a free-kick inches over the bar six minutes later.

Later Greatwich, who was wearing the captain's armband in place of the injured Ali Borromeo, forced Khosin into a fine save with a well-placed 71st minute header.

Caslib attributed this period of Philippines pressure to the way his players reverted back to their original route one tactics.

'This was at a time when we went with the original plan of playing long balls upfront,' he said

'If you noticed we lost the first goal when we were playing short passes so I told the boys to stick to our game plan. We suffered from fatigue in the last 10 minutes of the match but credit to Thailand, they knew the purpose of the match.'

The Philippines go into Tuesday match against Myanmar looking to avoid a hat-trick of 4-0 defeats while Thailand have vowed to go all out for victory even though a draw will take them through as they have scored more goals than Malaysia.

'There is absolutely no way I will be thinking about a draw against Malaysia,' Chanvit stated emphatically.

'It's a home game and we simply cannot play to draw. We have to win in front of our own fans.'

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