Singapore coach Radojko Avramovic hailed his players’ determination and teamwork after their stunning 3-1 victory over Thailand in the first leg of the 2012 AFF Suzuki Cup final at Jalan Besar Stadium earlier tonight.
Adul Lahso had briefly leveled for the visitors on the hour-mark after a Mustafic Fahrudin penalty had put the hosts ahead, but the Lions clawed back with goals from Khairul Amri and Baihakki Khaizan.
“It was important to score after Thailand had equalised. In the end, the team spirit and discipline and the teamwork brought us victory in this game,” Raddy said.
“It was [an] exciting [match], and games like these always finish with [a] few goals [being scored].
“But we kept our cool and patience and in the end, we succeeded.”
Describing both sides as the “two best teams” in the tournament, the Serbian also claimed that it would be “very difficult” for his side if they did not score in the return leg in three days’ time.
“We will play as usual, [but] if they provide us with [a] good table and chair, we will sit back!”Raddy said cheekily.
“Thailand’s players are exceptional [and they have] good players in midfield. We [have to] keep our shape and play as we plan to do.
“This result is good for us and [we] need to go through another 90 minutes [but] I [will] always believe in the boys.”