Baihakki: Lions to keep heads down

Singapore defender Baihakki Khaizan has urged his team-mates not to get carried away by their 3-0 opening AFF Suzuki Cup win over Group B rivals Malaysia.

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By ESPNSTAR.com staff

Sunday's three-goal victory at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium handed the Lions the perfect start to their Suzuki Cup 2012 campaign with games against Indonesia, on Wednesday, and Laos, on Saturday, to follow.

Top of Group B, and with a morale boosting result against the defending champions in the bag, you wouldn't blame Baihakki and his team-mates for feeling confident. However, the towering defender believes now is not the time to get complacent.

"It's of course important to keep our heads down after the win [against Malaysia] because this is not a friendly or a one off game," Baihakki told ESPNSTAR.com.

"This is a tournament and we need to collect points as well as the goals. Hopefully we don't get too carried away."

He added: "Indonesia [on Wednesday] will not be an easy game."

"Like every game, we respect our opponent. We use the same approach to work hard and keep a positive mind."

A positive mood is how Baihakki described the feeling in the dressing room directly after their thumping of Causeway rivals Malaysia. On paper, Radojko Avramovic's side did not appear to have the best of preparations coming into the tournament as they were beaten 2-0 at home by the Philippines in a friendly.

Baihakki, though, felt the performances were always there even if the results said otherwise.

"I think we had good preparation coming into the tournament although the friendly results were not really on our side. But we hope to continue this momentum into our next games," he said.

Singapore can book their place in the semi-finals of the AFF Suzuki Cup on Wednesday with a win against Indonesia at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium.


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