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10 September 2010 :: 10:09:16 am 37928

Robson Heralds Thai Youngsters Enthusiasm in New Delhi

Coach of Thailand Bryan Robson was all praises for his side following their 2-1 victory over India in New Delhi on Wednesday. The match was the last in a two leg friendly series between the two nations prior to the Asian Cup campaign.
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India, the 9th of September 2010: Featuring a squad packed full of youthful exuberance, players largely coming from Thailand’s under-23 setup, Robson was nothing but thrilled in the manner of the victory, despite some reoccurring defensive lapses.

“We tried out some young players as our preparation for the Asian Games and they fared very well in the match and as the Thai coach, I am very content with my boys’ performance,” Robson said. “India caused us some problems defensively as they did in the first game, but we played some good attacking football. It was good football from both sides,” he added.

Having won the first round friendly 1-0 at the Yamaha Stadium in Bangkok last week, Thailand, with a vastly modified youth squad, made the trip to India, despatching of with their decidedly lacklustre opponents with little trouble.

Looking tired and deft of ideas, the Indians were completely overrun by an energetic Thai performance in the first half, the visitors finding the woodwork on three occasions but could not break the 0-0 deadlock.

Both teams emerged from the break with fresh impetus in attack, Teerathep Winothai opening the scoring for the visitor’s just 3-minutes after the interval. Some defensive deficiencies were exposed once again in the Thai defence, with NP Pradeep equalising for the home side on 60-minutes.

The equaliser however, looked to have rallied the Thai’s into action once again, showing an impressive array of pace and skill to mount an attack, which led to a Kirati Kaewsombut goal in the 64th minute. Kaewsombut’s goal rounded off an impressive solo display, which saw him constantly bewilder the India midfield for large parts of the match.

While both sides had their fair share of chances, most in attendance would have agreed Thailand were by far the superior side in attack and probably should have reaped at least 2 goals from their impressive first-half performance.

Reporter : Harry Roberts   Photo : Internet   Category : Sports News

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