T-Team coach relieved with win against Perak
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victories over Kedah (5-0) and Selangor (1-0), all at home, and came despite playmaker Dilshod Sharofetdinov being withdrawn minutes before the start after aggravating an injury in the warm-up.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