Buriram United boss Attapol Buspakom admits his side felt the pressure in Wednesday's 2-0 defeat to Jeonbuk Motors in the AFC Champions League.
The Thai Premier League champions pulled off two of the biggest upsets in their first two games in the competition after defeating J-League champions Kashiwa Reysol and Chinese giants Guangzhou Evergrande but couldn't repeat their exploits in the home clash against last year runners-up, who registered their first win in this edition of the tournament.
"Jeonbuk put lots of pressure on us especially in midfield and up front. Our formation for this match was different from the previous as we adjusted it to deal with certain circumstances and the conditions of the players," Buspakom told reporters.
"Certainly, there were lots of expectations for us to win this game due to very favourable statistics but the players definitely felt the pressure."
The 49-year-old added he was disappointed with the defensive mistakes that cost his side the defeat and with the many chances they wasted in front of goal.
"It is a shame that we lost the match. Our defence was a bit weak and we let them score too quickly," he said.
"We were at an advantage throughout the second half as far as ball possession is concerned, but we just couldn't capitalise on our chances."