Goal hero hails im­por­tant three points

Thai hero of Suzuki Cup win over Ti­mor Adisak wor­ried fans would ex­pect more in fu­ture games


>> Thai­land’s six-goal hero Adisak Kraisorn in their 7-0 romp over Ti­mor Leste in the Suzuki Cup Group B opener on Fri­day night is wor­ried that the coun­try’s de­mand­ing fans will ex­pect more of such scor­ing sprees from the striker in the fu­ture.

How­ever, the SCG Muang Thong United for­ward, who is stag­ing a come­back af­ter a lengthy in­jury lay­off, said pick­ing up three points was far more im­por­tant than record­ing the his­toric feat of net­ting six goals.

For the past two years, Adisak, whose dou­ble hat-trick has helped him eclipse the mile­stones set by leg­endary Thai play­ers like Wor­ra­woot Sri­maka, Ki­ati­sak Se­na­muang, Sarayut Chaikumdee and Teerasil Dangda, has suf­fered from a spate of in­juries.

He spent eight months out of the na­tional team with a cru­ci­ate lig­a­ment in­jury sus­tained this year.

“The past eight months have been tough,” said Adisak.

“I lost a bit of pas­sion for the game and some­times felt like I wanted to quit. But lots of peo­ple kept sup­port­ing me, in­clud­ing my team and fans so I am grate­ful to them.

“I haven’t played a lot in the league over the past two years, so I have to thank the coach [Milo­van Ra­je­vac] for giv­ing me this op­por­tu­nity.

“Our tar­get is to be the AFF Suzuki Cup cham­pi­ons again but we are tak­ing one game at a time.”

The 27-year-old striker added: “I am happy that I scored so many goals but I am hap­pier that we could pick up three points.

“Six goals came as a big sur­prise for me be­cause I only wanted to be a part of the game.

“It [the come­back] hasn’t been easy at all. It has been tir­ing jour­ney and I re­ally felt un­der pres­sure on many oc­ca­sions.

“I am still wor­ried that I might get in­jured again. I am also wor­ried that our fans will ex­pect me to score more and more in the fu­ture games.”

Thai­land coach Ra­je­vac, mean­while, felt that Ti­mor Leste’s tac­tics made life easy for the War Ele­phants at Bangkok’s Ra­ja­man­gala Sta­dium.

“Ti­mor Leste played the game ex­actly as we wanted,” said Ra­je­vac. “They tried to at­tack us and left some space in be­hind that we could ex­ploit.

“Most of the goals we scored came from counter-at­tacks and fast breaks so they made our job eas­ier, which was re­flected in the fi­nal score.”

He added: “As I have said many times be­fore, it is im­por­tant to have time. You can es­tab­lish your style of play, im­prove the things that are nec­es­sary so that we can com­pete with teams and gets re­sults.

“I’m glad that my play­ers proved that who­ever is picked, they are up to the task and they can de­liver and they know that I have full faith in all of them.”

Two-time de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Thai­land next will meet In­done­sia on Nov 17. The other two teams in the group are the Philip­pines and Sin­ga­pore.

The top two fin­ish­ers in each fiveteam group ad­vance to the semi­fi­nals, which will be played in early next month, with a two-legged fi­nal to be played on Dec 11 and 15.

Thai­land’s Adisak Kraisorn, left, vies with Ti­mor Leste’s Nel­son Vie­gas dur­ing their Suzuki Cup Group B game on Fri­day night.

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