After a goal-less draw in their opening Asean Football Federation (AFF) Cup game against Myanmar, Malaysia coach Dollah Salleh said his side cannot afford to drop any more points when they face Thailand on Wednesday.
The Tigers have a challenge on their hands as they take on the in-form Thais at the Jalan Besar Stadium. Kiatisuk Senamuang's team are high on confidence after beating hosts Singapore 2-1 on Sunday.
Dollah, who took charge of the national team in June, said: "I know how good Thailand are. We saw them play at the Asian Games in Incheon. They are very fast. It will be difficult. But we will do our best."
Thailand assistant coach Klairung Treejaksung, who stood in for Kiatisuk at the pre-match press conference, played down his side's chances. The Thais will be without injured attacker Mongkol Tossakrai, who opened the scoring against Singapore.
Said Klairung: "It will be very hard because we have many young players, but Malaysia have many old players who are experienced."