Thursday, November 10, 2011

Cambodia crash

Cam U-23s v Singapore. Lost 2-1. Back Row LtoR: Laboravy, Sovan, Sothearath, Soksana, Raksmey, Rithy. Front Row: Saray, Souhan, Yaty, Chhoeun, Pancharong
I'm just in the door after six days away and catching up on the SEA Games results. Obviously I'm disappointed that Cambodia have begun the competition with two defeats but am I surprised, obviously not. The 6-0 thrashing by Indonesia on Monday was to be expected, with the home team on a high at the start of their competition and in front of a sell-out crowd. They whipped in four goals in a 15-minute spell in the 1st half and that was game over. Lee Tae-Hoon decided to start with the inexperienced Sos Souhana, leaving Keo Sokngorn and Sok Pheng on the bench. In goal he went with Sou Yaty, whilst Pheak Rady got the nod over Lay Raksmey at full back. Aside from Chhun Sothearath, the midfield looked lightweight in the extreme and Indonesia must've thought Christmas had come early. Last night Cambodia played their 2nd match in the Group of Death - Group A and lost out 2-1 to Singapore after taking the lead with a flukey cross from Chhin Chhoeun that sailed over the head of the goalkeeper and in at the far post on 35 minutes. At least Cambodia will go home with a goal in their goals scored column if little else. As you'd expect, Singapore rallied in the 2nd half and netted twice to sink Cambodia's hopes of a surprise result. To add to their misery, skipper Khuon Laboravy got a 2nd yellow card and a red one to boot in the final minute. The only change that Lee Tae-Hoon made to his starting line-up was bringing in Raksmey for Rady. Cambodia play Thailand tomorrow (Friday) at 5pm in the third of their four matches. I would expect the coach to make changes, to at least start with Sokngorn, or what was the point in taking him in the first place. I'd also give starts to Soun Veasna and Sok Pheng, in place of Souhana and Soksana, and Yaty needs a rest after picking the ball out of the net 8 times in two games, so Um Vichet should get the nod this time around. Thailand lost 2-1 to Malaysia in their only game so far, so they'll be gunning for a win from the first whistle tomorrow, so Cambodia's tactics will need to reflect that.


Daniel said...

Greetings from Indonesia!

Regardless of the final outcome, I must say that Cambodia played very well in the first two matches against Indonesia and Singapore (Cambodia could have won the match against Singapore).

Andy Brouwer said...

Cambodia skipper Khuon Laboravy and Chhun Sothearath are out of the Thai game through suspension. G/Keeper Sou Yaty is injured and will also miss out.There isn't a lot of choice in Lee's squad, but if I had to select the team from the reduced squad, it would be:
Vichet, Raksmey, Rady, Sovan, Rithy; Veasna, Saray, Chhoeun, Sokngorn, Soksana; Pheng

That means a 5-man midfield, Pheng up front alone with Sokngorn and Soksana joining in the attack when possible. Veasna and Saray would have to sit deep to protect the back four. Stay tight and compact for first 30 minutes then be more adventurous if holding the opposition. Whatever happens, do NOT concede early in the game. Make it hard for the Thais, they will lose confidence if they don't score early.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Andy for your thoughts.

I believe we will play better against Thai.

Anonymous said...

Now you can see, when boravy and yaty are out, no much choice any more.