West­wood look­ing to bet­ter times

New Straits Times - - Sport - Devin­der Singh

TWO draws in suc­ces­sive match seem like a world away from the six straight de­feats which Pe­nang opened their Su­per League cam­paign with.

Satur­day’s 1-1 draw with PKNS at the Shah Alam Sta­dium fol­lowed a sim­i­lar re­sult against Malacca in Ge­orge Town on Wed­nes­day in a game which they prob­a­bly should have won.

But coach Ash­ley West­wood be­lieves Pe­nang can look back on the pos­i­tives from the last two games and move for­ward when the league re­sumes next month.

“The per­for­mances speak for it­self, I thought we played quite well, we were the dom­i­nant side,” said West­wood.

“We played at 100 per cent to be hon­est and if we could have found a bit more, we could have had the win. We were away from home against a very de­cent side with big play­ers and I feel we dom­i­nated and got a point and on another day we would have got three. Cer­tainly, we have not lost in two games and that has got to be an im­prove­ment.”

Asked what it would take for Pe­nang to put a win on the board, the English­man said: “We just have to keep go­ing and keep try­ing. Con­fi­dence is com­ing back, we’ve been low on con­fi­dence if we’re hon­est.

“We’ve suf­fered quite a few losses so we have to be­lieve in what we are do­ing and keep work­ing hard, re­cover when we get the chance. We’ve got one more game to come in the Cup on March 11, so we’ve got time to do some real hard work. Get more or­gan­ised, if pos­si­ble, and keep look­ing for­ward.”

West­wood was re­fer­ring to the FA Cup third round meet­ing with Premier League lead­ers Ne­gri Sem­bi­lan in Paroi on Satur­day in a tour­na­ment where Pe­nang have won their only match of the sea­son, al­beit against third-tier op­po­si­tion in Kota Baru Mu­nic­i­pal Coun­cil.

Nigel Dabinyaba’s equaliser sal­vaged a point against PKNS, who led through Pa­trick Wleh al­though Pe­nang were for­tu­nate that PKNS for­ward Ma­tias Jadue blazed a penalty over and Wleh had a goal ruled out af­ter a fum­ble by goal­keeper Syed Ad­ney Syed Hus­sain.

Syed Ad­ney has played the last three matches as Sani Anuar Kam­sani has been sus­pended by the team for an al­leged al­ter­ca­tion with West­wood af­ter a 6-1 ham­mer­ing by Pa­hang on Feb 18.

“To be hon­est I don’t know ex­actly what is hap­pen­ing, it’s a man­age­ment topic,” said West­wood of Sani, who is due to ap­pear be­fore the Pe­nang FA dis­ci­plinary board to­day.

“I’m a coach and I coach the play­ers in front of me and it’s a de­ci­sion made by the club and it has noth­ing to do with me, I just coach.”

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