Kiatisuk retains focus on gold medal after Indonesia rout

Thailand Under-23 coach Kiatisuk Senamuang refused to get carried away after his side cruised to a 4-1 win over Group B rivals Indonesia at the 2013 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.

Thursday’s victory at the Thuwunna Stadium was enough to take the War Elephants top of the group with six points from two games, ahead of hosts Myanmar on goal difference.

Pokkhao Anan got the Thais off to a dream start when he opened the scoring after just two minutes, before Adisak Kraisorn added a second in the 20th minute to give them a comfortable lead at the break.

Pravinwat Boonyong  made it 3-0 from the spot in the 51st minute and Thitipan Puangchan scored a fourth nine minutes from time, although Andri Ibo did manage to grab a consolation for Merah Putih.

But despite the emphatic nature of the win, Kiatisuk was unwilling to get overly ecstatic and instead shifted his thoughts to Saturday’s clash with Myanmar, which already looks like a match that will decide who finishes top of the group.

“The game went according to plan,” he said. “We were fortunate to get an early goal and that set the game nicely for us.

“We only have one day to prepare for the next game, so we need to adjust ourselves and rest well and try to win the next game to qualify for the semi-finals.”

Finishing top of the pile would give them a slight advantage in the fact that they would meet the runners-up of Group A in the last four, as opposed to the group winners.

However, Kiatisuk is not bothered by who his team’s prospective opponents could be as he insists it matters little if they are to realise their target of winning the gold medal.

“It doesn’t matter who we play in the semi-finals,” the legendary striker added. “Be it Singapore, Malaysia or Vietnam, or even Laos.

“We came here with one objective and that’s to win the gold medal. If we want to achieve that, we need to beat any team that comes our way.”

Following the game against Myanmar, Thailand finish off their group-stage campaign on December 16 against Cambodia.


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