Constantine: We can do better

India coach Stephen Constantine believes his side are capable of much more despite their 1-0 win over Laos in the first leg of their AFC Asian Cup playoff on Thursday.

Jeje Lalpekhlua scored the only goal of the match in the 56th minute as India claimed a crucial win on the road.

While the win marked India’s first in an away leg of a qualifier since 2001, Constantine said he is looking for a more dominant performance from his side when they return home for the second leg on Tuesday.

“Laos made it difficult for us running all around. But we can play much better than this,” he told reporters. “We have just won the first-half and go into our Home match with a slight advantage. Hopefully, we can win at home. I never care about records.”

India are being forced to feature in a playoff to reach the third round of qualifying for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup after they finished at the bottom of Group D in their 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign. India lost seven of their eight matches and finished with just three points.

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