A double from Thierry Ngale, plus strikes from Andre Fagan and Kavin Bryan sealed a comprehensive win against the Group F leaders at Vinh Stadium and thrust the Vietnamese side firmly back into contention for a place in the knockout stage as well as providing redemption for the 3-1 defeat in Indonesia two weeks ago.
“I am very happy with my players’ performance today. They made use of the home advantage very well and did not let the spectators down,” said Huu Thang.
“We were playing beautiful football to prove that it was not lucky that we are leading the table in the domestic league. In my opinion, it has been a while since my team delivered such entertaining football like this.
“We have paid back the debt of two weeks ago in Palembang. I hope my players will maintain this momentum so that we can earn more convincing victories like this in both the domestic league and the AFC Cup. Now, the path for us is quite clear and one spot in the knock-out stage is not an impossible mission for us”
Sriwijaya also had Oktovianus Manini dismissed with eight minutes to go and Huu Thang paid tribute to two of his midfielders.
“Nguyen Trong Hoang and Nguyen Hong Viet did not fail my expectations as they made a key contribution towards the team’s victory,” he added.
“They provided a tough challenge for Sriwijaya’s midfielders and made them lose their nerve.
“The red card of Oktovianus Maniani in the 82nd minute was a shining example. The Indonesian side lost their tempo from the first whistle and this surprised me.”
Sriwijaya coach Ivan Kolev, meanwhile, was at a loss to describe his side’s abject display.
“I could not understand what had happened on the field. We did not have any real scoring chances. During the 90 minutes, we just only had two half chances and saw them blocked by the solid defenders of Song Lam Nghe An. They showed a different face compared with the previous clash,” he said.
“The defenders lost their direction in free-kick situations and left many Song Lam players unmarked. They played in turmoil and that depressed me. Anyway, we are still on the top of the table and can think of the knockout stage.”http://www.the-afc.com/en/tournaments/clubs/afc-cup/34517-song-lam-v-sriwijaya-reaction