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Adisak has plans for noisy Bukit Jalil crowd

09:26 GMT 29/11/2018
Adisak Kraisorn, Thailand, 2018 AFF Suzuki Cup
2018 AFF Suzuki Cup's top scorer Adisak Kraisorn has an opportunity to increase his tally when his Thailand team face Malaysia in the semis.

But it will not be the first time that the Muangthong United striker has faced Malaysia in the competition, having done so four years ago in the 2014 edition when both teams met in the group stage that was held in Singapore. Adisak scored twice in the 3-2 win at Jalan Besar Stadium but it was the final that we remembered more fondly.

Both teams then went on to face each other again in the final and after gaining a 2-0 lead from the first leg in Bangkok, Thailand went behind in the tie as a Malaysia team backed by a full crowd, roared the team into a 3-0 lead.

"Yes I can remember (4 years ago at Bukit Jalil, AFF Cup 2014 final 2nd leg). Malaysia had a very strong squad back then. I'm only a youngster just broke through the ranks. That's the first time I play in front of almost 100,000 spectators, have to admit that it's a huge pressure situation which shook me a bit."

"Supporters voices can be heard from warm-up, and it kept louder and louder after the kick off whistle. It's not easy to play our game. We're down to 3-0 at 70th minute and the momentum was with them obviously.

"But we didn't give up. We know that just one goal, and we can turn the tide. In the end it was a superb come back of course. Credit to all the team mates, they never give up," said Adisak in an interview published by FA of Thailand.

Thailand of course went on to pull two goals back in that match and thus lifted the trophy in Kuala Lumpur. With the tickets for Saturday's match all sold out, Adisak is sure that his team will come up against a very hostile atmosphere but already has plans to negate that impact.

"Forget communicating, the crowd will super loud that we can't talk to each other. What we can do is maintain our focus in every single minute. Not conceding in first 15-20 mins, or we will be in trouble, as their confidence will grow and the crowd will get louder and louder."

"At the end of the day, I believe that my teammates can handle this. Just stay positive, we can keep them quiet with good performance anyway. To think that if we can get the big crowd respecting us, isn't that a great achievement?" added Adisak.

Adisak is two goal shy of equalling Nor Alam Shah's all-time AFF Championship goalscoring record of ten in a single tournament, which the latter achieved in the 2007 tournament. The 27-year-old has been clinical in front of goal this tournament and could yet break the record and get to show off his trademark 'Ultraman' celebration if he continues in the same vein.

 

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