Westwood looking to better times
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.”