KUALA LUMPUR: Brendan Gan hailed Malaysia’s fighting spirit after their 2022 World Cup/2023 Asian Cup qualifier win over Thailand last night.
The 2-1 victory puts Harimau Malaya back on track to qualifying for the Asian Cup after a difficult start in Group G following defeats to UAE and Vietnam last month.
“It was a great performance from the boys. They gave 110%, showed fighting spirit and the crowd was amazing. The atmosphere was good and to win was exciting,” said Brendan.
“The great thing about this team is whoever came in did the job well.
“It didn’t matter who started and who came in from the bench, we all had one goal in mind and that was to win, to qualify for the Asian Cup.”
The excellent 31-year-old equalised in the 26th minute after Chanathip Songkrasin put the visitors ahead on six minutes at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil.
He then provided a brilliant pass – which caught the Thai defence flat-footed – for Pahang winger Mohamadou Sumareh to lash home the 57th minute winner.
Ahead of the meeting with Indonesia in Bukit Jalil on Tuesday, the Australia-born midfielder urged his teammates to go for another victory.
“Our job isn’t done yet. We still have Indonesia (to deal with) and need to focus on that,” he said.
Malaysia are fourth on six points, the same as UAE.
Vietnam top the group on 10 points, followed by Thailand with seven.