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05 September 2010 :: 14:09:33 pm 37562

Robson Praises New Comers as Thailand Defeat India

A late second-half strike from Thai Ports Sarayoot Chaikamdee ensured a dominant Thai side victory over India on Saturday night. The friendly match gave English coach Bryan Robson a chance to experiment with two new additions to the squad, while further changes are expected ahead of the second clash in New Delhi.
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Thailand, the 5th of September 2010: Played from the Yamaha Stadium in Nonthburi, home of Thai Premier League side Muangthong United, Sarayoot and strike partner Teerasil Dangda missed a host of chances before securing the Thai late on in the second half against a resurgent India.

Recalled by coach Robson, Sarayoot and Dangda set about causing havoc for the Indian defence for large majorities of the first period, however, the India defence and goalkeeper Subrata Pal pulled off several fine last-ditch tackles to deny the home side.

India’s resurgence in the back end of the first half nearly produced the opener when Kansas City Wizards striker Sunil Chhetri was denied by the woodwork. After the break, India piled on the pressure, but the structured Thai defence managed to turn them away at every opportunity.

Ultimately, a Sarayoot drive on the back of a Suchao Nutnum pass was the games only goal, giving Thailand a somewhat deserved lead heading into the rematch in New Delhi on Wednesday.

The inclusion of two newcomers to the aging Thai squad, Sukarit Jantakol and Teeratorn Boonmatant prompted a post-match applause from Robson, who stated,

“The two players played very well but other players also did well with fast moves.”

In keeping with the nature of the friendly fixtures, Robson seems set to experiment further for the Indian encounter, noting that he would only take a handful of senior players on the trip, blooding several more potential stars of the future.

Reporter : Harry Roberts   Photo : Internet   Category : Sports News

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