The knives were already being sharpened just minutes after the national Football team lost 2-0 to Papua New Guinea in their first match of the Oceania Tour.
There is no doubt that the defeat was unacceptable and coach Dato Ong Kim Swee was the first to admit that.
And in a post match statement, Kim Swee lambasted the attitude and performances of some players in the team, citing that this was the cause of the defeat.
" PNG as I said is a good team physically and fast. They did not give us a lot of room to keep possession with 90 mins pressing," said Kim Swee.
" The two goals concede d were as a result of lack of concentration and most frustrating for mas that certain players do not show desire.
" When I made five changes from 1st half team, its a clear signal for those who were taken out to buck up!
" PNG players showed that they want more from this game instead of us. "
Having made all six changes by the 65th minute, Malaysia were forced to play the last 20 minutes with 10 players as Shahrol Kalam was injured.
" Even with 10 players we managed to create chances with twice hitting the post," added Kim Swee.
" I will still making changes against Caledonia and Fiji.
"At the end of the this trip it will give me a good view on who should be kept for next assignment and who should be dropped."
Kim Swee said that the objectives of Oceania tour were amongst others improving as a team with giving everyone chance to play at the same time getting good results.
" I know I can't achieve all that but I believe at the end of the tour we will gain something, " said Kim Swee who was bitterly sad with the defeat.
" The result is frustrating but the attitude and character of certain players is unacceptable.
" I will rather play with 9 instead of 11 if the two players do not show character and desire when on the pitch,"