T-Team coach re­lieved with win against Perak

New Straits Times - - Sport -

A SIX-POINT penalty im­posed on Kuala Terengganu T-Team has given coach Rah­mad Dar­mawan many a sleep­less night but Satur­day’s 3-0 win over Perak in the Su­per League has soothed some of his wor­ries.

In dan­ger of get­ting dragged into a rel­e­ga­tion fight, T-Team re­sponded in im­pres­sive fash­ion as they cap­i­talised on Ma­hamadou Sa­massa’s early strike with sec­ond half goals from Wan Ah­mad Amirzafran Wan Nadris and Farhod Tad­jiev.

The win was T-Team’s third in a row fol­low­ing vic­to­ries over Kedah (5-0) and Se­lan­gor (1-0), all at home, and came de­spite play­maker Dil­shod Sharo­fet­di­nov be­ing with­drawn min­utes be­fore the start af­ter ag­gra­vat­ing an in­jury in the warm-up.

“I’m sat­is­fied with the tac­ti­cal de­fence and we were quick on the counter,” Rah­mad told TV9 af­ter the game at the Sul­tan Is­mail Nasirud­din Shah Sta­dium.

“While I am sat­is­fied up to this point, I don’t want the play­ers to rest on their lau­rels. We need to main­tain our pe­for­mance be­cause we have a deficit of six points to make up which has caused me many sleep­less nights.”

Perak coach Mehmet Du­rakovic rued the de­fen­sive er­rors which cost his team greatly.

“We were sloppy and gave away three chances and three goals and the game was fin­ished,” said Du­rakovic as Perak re­main in fourth place. “The mis­takes are cost­ing us in games. We have to go back and look at the video and stop mak­ing mis­takes.”

Ke­lan­tan, too, had six points docked but turned on the power to edge Pa­hang 3-2 in a thrilling bat­tle in Kuan­tan as they re­main un­beaten out­side Kota Baru.

Mo­hammed Ghad­dar took his tally to 18 league goals to can­cel a brace by Pa­hang’s Matheus Alves af­ter Alessan­dro Celin had given Ke­lan­tan the lead.

“Al­though we were docked six points, the play­ers showed the dis­ci­pline re­quired to chase back the lost points. This is a good sign of fu­ture things to come,” said Ke­lan­tan coach Za­hasmi Is­mail at the Darul­mak­mur Sta­dium.

The de­feat left Pa­hang trail­ing lead­ers Darul Ta’zim by six points with coach Dol­lah Salleh blam­ing de­fen­sive lapses for con­ced­ing al­most im­me­di­ately af­ter Alves twice lev­elled the scores.

“In their ea­ger­ness to get goals, we left gap­ing holes in de­fence which Ke­lan­tan cap­i­talised on,” said Dol­lah. “When the score was 2-2 we should have been alert in de­fence.” Devin­der Singh

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