By FOX Sports staff
Harimau Malaya got their Group D campaign off to a poor start as they were downed at the Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium courtesy of second-half strikes from Khalfan Ibrahim and Yusef Ali.
It was always going to be tough for Malaysia to get a result in Doha against a side sitting 52 places above them in the FIFA world rankings, and their cause was not helped by injuries to a number of key players, including strikers Safee Sali and Norshahrul Idlan Talaha, while talismanic captain Safiq Rahim was also missing through suspension.
Considering how depleted his side were, Rajagobal was satisfied with the way they coped with Qatar and matched them for the opening 45.
"I think we deserve credit for our performance yesterday [Wednesday]," he told Harian Metro.
"I am pleased with the performance. The team have shown that they are able to cope even without our key players."
Nonetheless, the 56-year-old admitted his side had only themselves to blame after conceding what he believes were avoidable goals, even though Malaysia had down well to restrict the hosts for most of the match.
"Qatar have a strong midfield and we tried to stop Khalfan," Rajagobal added. "We defended well and limited their chances.
"They scored two easy goals and the first was our mistake [but] I have to credit the players for their hard work on the pitch."
Malaysia will be looking to bounce back from the defeat in their next qualifier on March 22 when they entertain Yemen at the Shah Alam Stadium.