Mat Yo bent on looking for early goal in return match

National striker Norshahrul Idlan Talaha believes starting the AFFSC second leg semifinal against Thailand at a high tempo can do the trick for Malaysia

New Darul Takzim FC forward Norshahrul Idlan Talaha is determined to continue scoring in the AFF Suzuki Cup, after ending his goal drought in this year’s campaign against Thailand on Saturday.

Norshahrul, or Mat Yo as he is fondly known to fans, hopes his 48th minute goal in the 1-1 draw at the National Stadium Bukit Jalil is a sign of things to come. And, he wants the Malayan Tigers to start the second leg in Bangkok this Thursday at the same pace they finished the first, two days ago.

 “We have to look for an early goal in Bangkok. To do that we have to maintain a high pace of the game, just like yesterday (Sunday),” the expectant father told Utusan Malaysia.

 “I promise to do the best for our team, as our next target is to qualify for the final. But the responsibility will be shared by all the players.

“We’ll all do our part to find that goal to knock Thailand back. They’ll certainly be pumped up playing in front of their own fans, but for us this is normal.”

The 26-year-old added that Malaysia cannot afford to show too much respect to their opponents if they want to return home victorious.

“We respect Thailand because they have a great team, but no more than they deserve because like it or not, we have to score goals there to stand a chance of progressing.

“Personally, I am ready to meet them. I will do my job to the best of my ability.”


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