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REVEAL: Australia's Graham Arnold told the secret to beat Thailand

REVEAL: Australia's Graham Arnold told the secret to beat Thailand

Coach Graham Arnold revealed that more ball possession in the second half helped Australia U23 to come back to win 2-1 against Thailand U23.

In the match against U23 Thailand on the evening of January 11st at Thammasat Stadium, Australia conceded first after the coordinated phase of the home players. Midfielder Anon Amornlerdsak filled his name on the scoreboard with a precise shot. However, the players of coach Graham Arnold soon regained the game and came from behind thanks to a double from Nicholas D'Agostino.

Share at the post-match press conference, coach Arnold said: "We did well in this game, except for the last 10 minutes. Around that time Australia U23 did not play well. However, it was good as we came back in the second half and won in the end".

"At half-time, I told the players to try to control the ball more. We do it well. I want to give praise to all the players. Australia U23 and Thailand U23 are both strong teams", quoted Australian strategist.

After the victory over Thailand U23, Australia has the right to be confident to win the ticket to the quarterfinals because in the last match of Group A, they just meet the opponent that is the most underdog in the group - Bahrain U23. Meanwhile, coach Akira Nishino's team will have to gain at least 1 point against Iraq if the host wants to hold the ticket to the next round.

Coach Arnold added: "It is good that AFC gives the teams a break of 2 days before starting the next match. It helps the players recover, practice harder to improve the results in the first match. I want to give praise to Thai fans. Their cheers have a big impact on the host players. I also tell my students to handle that pressure to keep focusing on the game".

"Every member of the team has a strong will. Australia U23 will prepare very well to beat Bahrain in the final match. The atmosphere in the current team is good, even though there are players who haven't played yet. Some are from Europe, the rest in Australia but the whole team still show solidarity", Mr.Arnold said.