Dooley looks on the bright side for Azkals after Uzbekistan loss

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The national team head coach insisted that his side will take positives from their 5-1 defeat to in the and 2019 Asian Cup joint qualifiers on Tuesday.

Despite having a high confidence prior the match, the 53-year-old tactician admitted everything went to the wrong direction for the after Odil Akhmedov netted the opening goal for Uzbekistan at the first minute.

“We didn’t lose a lot, but we didn’t gain anything,” he said. I thought it will be a great experience for the players.

“But the thing is, from the first kick, we started on the wrong direction and after the first goal, the first minute, everything we tried to do was gone.”

However, the former United States assistant coach reminded his squad to hold their heads up, especially after producing a valiant effort against the Central Asian giants, one of Asian powerhouses.

“I think the players didn’t give up. There were mistakes that we have to correct next time. We have to run those, and we should be fine,” said Dooley.

“We won two games already and we lost to a team which is absolutely the number one in our group. So we need to learn from our mistakes and take it to our next game.”

The Azkals will continue their qualifying campaign against North Korea in Pyongyang on October 8, after hosting friendly match against Vietnam in Manila five days earlier.