King Raja remains upbeat despite stalemate against Chonburi

Malaysia fired blanks in a 0-0 draw against Chonburi at the Bukit Jalil Stadium, but Rajagopal is satisfied with his side's performance
Malaysian national team head coach Datuk K. Rajagopal reiterated his satisfaction at the performances of his charges, as they battled out a stalemate against Thai League side Chonburi FC.

The Malayan Tigers looked dodgy on the pitch and didn't really create much chances, and were also guilty of missing several key opportunities. However, King Raja insisted that the final result did not matter at all as his players performed well.

"To be honest, I am satisfied with our display today," King Raja told reporters after the game.

"I think we played very well and there are lots of positives that we can take from this match.

Rajagopal also gave handed debuts to the likes of Nik Shahrul and Junior Eldstal, and praised them for doing well after coming on. The head coach also went on to add that they are mainly focussing on the game against Bahrain in November, as Malaysia seek to get their Asian Cup qualification campaign back on track.

"The new players played well, although we still need to give them more time to develop. Names like Nik Shahrul and Junior Eldstal, coupled with returning players like Nizad Ayub and Azizi Mat Rose all performed up to my expectations."

"Our main focus remains the Bahrain game. Results in these friendly games doesn't matter at all, because our main goal is Bahrain. That has been our ultimate mission since day one," he added.

Malaysia will next take on Chelsea this Sunday, before flying off to Japan for a series of friendly matches.