Vietnam coach Nguyen Huu Thang wants his side to focus on the positives following their first-leg AFF Suzuki Cup semi-final defeat to Indonesia and make the most of their home advantage in the return fixture.
Thang’s charges suffered their first defeat of this year’s competition as they went down 2-1, but there was still plenty to be satisfied with.
“We lost, but my players showed their true style of play today, and that made me happy,” said Thang.
“We showed mental toughness and competed very well on the field. I think a draw would have been a fair result, but it wasn’t to be.”
Thang wants his players to put the result behind them and focus on the fact that they can now go out and win the tie on home soil.
“We still have a match at home, so we still have a big chance,” he said.
“I was not surprised by the strength of Indonesia, because such enthusiastic fans make them stronger. I am not happy they scored from a penalty; however, I believe in my players.”
The former national captain congratulated Indonesia for their win, and also said Viet Nam would play differently against their arch-rivals at the second-leg match on Wednesday.
“I was not surprised by the strength of Indonesia, because such enthusiastic fans make them stronger. But the one away goal can be to our advantage when we play in Ha Noi. The result was difficult to take, but we are confident we can win.”