Kiatisuk says Thailand can't blame lasers on AFF final loss to Indonesia
Thailand coach Kiatisuk Senamuang refused to blame laser lights from the away crowd directed at his players in the 2-1 first-leg loss to Indonesia, but remained confident that the reigning AFF Suzuki Cup champions would turn things around in Saturday's home leg of the 2016 final.
The Thais blew a 1-0 lead at half-time as the Indonesians scored twice in five second-half minutes to delight a capacity crowd in Bogor, near Jakarta.
"I don't care about the laser lights that were directed at my players," Kiatisuk told Liputan6.com. "It is the referee's duty to make a call on that incident. If he saw that as a distraction, I believe he would have made the right call."
The former national striker blamed personal errors on Indonesia's goals that came in the 65th and 70th minutes from Rizki Pora and Hansamu Pranata.
"We controlled the ball, but made mistakes on both goals. It should not happen in this match. But Indonesia again showed great fighting spirit. I would like to congratulate Indonesia," Kiatisuk said.
With the away goal from Teerasil Dangda, a 1-0 home victory on Saturday would be enough for the Thais to secure their record fifth AFF title.
"On Thai soil, the whole team will have to concentrate and be determined for battle. I want to see changes. We will try to get revenge against Indonesia," Kiatisuk said.
In the last six editions of the AFF Championship, the team holding the lead after the first leg went on to win the final on aggregate.
In the one-off final of 2002, Thailand beat Indonesia on penalties to taste glory after a 2-2 draw in Jakarta, despite Kiatisuk missing the Thais' first spot kick in the shootout.
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