Dollah Salleh believes his Malaysia side can win the 2014 AFF Suzuki Cup if they can produce a repeat of Thursday’s stunning 4-2 win over Vietnam in the second leg of their semi-final.
Having been beaten 2-1 at home in the first leg at the weekend, Harimau Malaya turned the tie completed on its head with a scintillating display at the My Dinh National Stadium to claim a 5-4 aggregate victory and set up a final meeting with Thailand.
Although few would argue Malaysia are not deserving of their place in the decider, the War Elephants are widely regarded as favourites given their dominant displays throughout the tournament thus far.
However, Dollah insists his side can have plenty of reason to be optimistic if they can play like they did on Sunday.
“The players did well in this match,” he said. “We had four chances in the first half and the players made them count.
“I didn’t expect us to score four goals to win the match. The players did exceptionally well and I’m proud of them for this win, as I’ve only been with the team for a short time.
“If we can repeat this performance, we can go further.”
Meanwhile, Vietnam coach Toshiya Miura admitted his side chose the worst possible occasion to produce their sloppiest display, although he insists complacency had not been a factor in their demise.
“This was our worst performance after playing four matches,” the Japanese tactician said.
“We didn’t play well in the first half and it cost us the game. When we did get it right, it was too late.
“[But] I don’t think it was because the players already thought they had qualified for the final.”