Bernhardt hails Malaysia U-22's second half performance

Malaysia U-22 head coach Frank Bernhardt praised his players for their second half performance against Brunei, after Syafiq Ahmad's brace gave them a win in the friendly.

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Malaysia U-22 head coach, Frank Bernhardt said his players played a totally different second half against Brunei, which turned the game around for the squad.

Their match against the Brunei senior team finished scoreless in the first half, but two goals from Syafiq Ahmad in the second half gave Frank Bernhardt’s charges the victory over the Wasps, in the first of their two friendly matches, played at the Paroi Stadium on Thursday.

Speaking after the game, Bernhardt said; “I think we saw two different games tonight. First half was difficult for us. We didn’t manage to play according to the style that we want.”

“I think this is because we got players too late so it was quite difficult for everything to click in. We have to accept that the first half was not so well.”

“Second half was totally different. We made some changes and in the end, we had the chances in front of goal, we played out really well and the chances were well-created and Syafiq Ahmad scored two goals.”

When asked whether he will change his set of players for the second game against Brunei, Bernhardt said he will look at the condition of the players first before making the decision

“Sometimes in tournament the situation is also like this. Not every game but sometimes we only have one day break.”

“We have to see the injuries first, whether it is serious or not, after that then we can decide the how team will look like for the next game.”

Bernhardt also pointed out that he is currently missing six or seven players, and he is not reluctant to use the young players to play if the main players are not available.

“We missed six, seven players at the moment and probably if they are in the best condition, they’ll be in the lineup.”

“We don’t have the first squad here bit this is always the chance for the younger players to step up and impress us coaches.”

Bernhardt also insisted that he will not experiment on his squad, unless there are injuries to the main players.

“The players, which we have played, are playing in the same position they played at the club but if there are injuries or they are tired, we might need to replace them.”

“Not experimenting in terms of position, but to see we have enough players or not. We hope to to bring players that can play in the same position but if there’s new faces come and he can play well, so put them in.”


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