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It’s all our own doing Cheng

The Star Online logo The Star Online 8/9/2018 By K. RAJAN
a person posing for the camera: Deplorable: Malaysia’s coach Tan Cheng Hoe said that the waterlogged field prevented his players from playing their normal game during the friendly match against Taiwan on Friday. © Provided by Star Media Group Berhad Deplorable: Malaysia’s coach Tan Cheng Hoe said that the waterlogged field prevented his players from playing their normal game during the friendly match against Taiwan on Friday.

PETALING JAYA: National team coach Tan Cheng Hoe admitted his team’s loss to Taiwan – ranked world No. 125 – in a friendly match was their own doing.

The Harimau Malaya – ranked 171 in the world – were beaten 2-0 by Taiwan with goals from Wu Chun-ching in the 13th minute and Chu En-le (53rd) n a waterlogged pitch at the Taipei Municipal Stadium on Friday.

The defeat snapped Malaysia’s two-match winning run as they thrashed Bhutan 7-0 on April 1 and edged Fiji 1-0 on July 5 in Kuala Lumpur.

Cheng Hoe said the condition of the pitch affected his team’s usual game plan and performance.

“We came here to get a positive result but that didn’t happen. We lost due to our own technical mistakes, and the team could not play their usual game due to the wet conditions,” said the former international at the post-match press conference.

“I don’t want to say it was bad, but the pitch didn’t allow us to play our normal game. Of course we have rain back at home in Malaysia, but our pitches are better than the one we played on against Taiwan.

“I told my players at half-time that we can’t play our normal passing and ball-possession game, so I changed things around to employ more long balls but we couldn’t get the result.”

The 50-year-old Cheng Hoe praised Taiwan for their vast improvement in recent times.

“Taiwan have several players who play in the best leagues in Asia, especially in China. They also have naturalised players. That has helped, and this is good for their national team,” he said.

Malaysia will try to bounce back with a win when they take on world No. 166 Cambodia in another friendly in Phnom Penh on Sept 10.

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