The Singapore coach admitted that they were led down by the momentarily lapse in concentration that led to the match-winning penalty, but added the team had done well
A 23rd minute penalty from Thailand's Praweenwat Boonyong was enough to end Singapore's hopes of a Gold medal at the 2013 SEA Games.
Speaking at the post-match press conference following the game, Young Lions coach Aide Iskandar blamed a lack of focus for the lead-up to the penalty.
"It was from a lack of concentration, we should have cleared [the ball]," he admitted, referring to the mix-up between Safuwan Baharudin and Izwan Mahbud that led to the spot kick being awarded.
"Overall we put up a good fight. we did great. But I have to commend Thailand for winning. The Thais didn’t give us much room, but its part and parcel of the game."
Aide also revealed that he had warned tournament top scorer Sahil Suhaimi that he would not be given much space and would be marked closely in the semi-final after his goalscoring exploits. He also added that Shahfiq Ghani, who had a poor match was left on field past the hour mark, as Aide had hoped the player would eventually prove himself.
"No comment on that, I don’t want to offend anybody," he added when asked about Shahfiq's poor form at the tournament.
"He didn’t have a good tournament. Generally I expected more from him but he didn’t deliver."
With Malaysia up next for the bronze medal, Aide revealed that he has to rally his troops as everyone was disappointed from the semi-final defeat.Thailand's Kiatisuk Senamuan, meanwhile admitted that Singapore were unlucky in defeat.
"Unlucky to lose? Yes, sure," he told reporters.
"Singapore team had one of the best defences in this tournament."
Zico, as he is more popularly known, also added that Indonesia, who are in the final, will not be an easy opponent as well, since they managed to create one of the biggest upsets of this year's tournament in ousting hosts Myanmar.