Rajagopal proud of the result despite defeat

Datuk K. Rajagopal is still in a positive mood and has high hopes that Malaysia can turn the odds in their favour and qualify for the 2015 Asian Cup.

National team coach, Datuk K. Rajagopal, was surprisingly happy and proud with the 1-0 loss against Qatar, despite Malaysia's chances of qualifying for the 2015 Asian Cup looking bleak.

Malaysia suffered back to back defeats against Bahrain on Friday, and Qatar last night, leaving them in the third spot in Group D, struggling to qualify for the Asian Cup.

Speaking after the game, Rajagopal said: "I think it’s a positive result for us and we have to focus on the next game.

"We came into this match with a positive attitude to win and even when they scored one goal, I still believed that we could have turned the result around."

The Malayan Tigers went behind in the second half, with substitute Al-Ali scoring, while Rajagopal was forced into changes with both S. Kunanlan and Safee Sali picking up knocks during the game.

"Kunanlan had a knock and I had to change him," he added.

"Safee also suffered a knock actually but he did well."

The controversial coach remains positive and has urged everyone not to give up hope.

"To play at this level, we will have to take all our chances," Rajagopal enthused.

"I will have to accept this defeat but we must not lose hope.

"We must think positive to get a result against Yemen."

When commenting on his position as the national coach, he said: "My contract will end on the 31st.

"I cannot say anything and I will evaluate after that.

"As a coach I am happy with my achievements and I feel proud with this result."

Malaysia fans were left disappointed that the national team failed to take the home advantage to at least snatch a point from Qatar, with the toothless tigers once again firing blanks in front of goal.