Skip­per happy with ‘pre­cious point’

New Straits Times - - Sport -

ME­LAKA showed they have some fight left in them af­ter hold­ing Su­per League lead­ers Darul Ta’zim 1-1 at the Hang Je­bat Sta­dium on Satur­day in a bid to pre­serve their top-flight sta­tus.

Al­though the draw ex­tended their win­less run to seven games in the league, Me­laka cap­tain G. Puaneswaran de­scribed the point as pre­cious af­ter Jeon Wooy­oung ’s 87th-minute equaliser snapped Darul Ta’zim’s sev­en­match win­ning run in the league.

“Our tar­get was to get to half­time at 0-0 and we talked about at­tack­ing in the sec­ond half,” Puaneswaran told TV3.

“But sud­denly Darul Ta’zim scored from one mis­take we made but we never gave up and we fi­nally got a goal.

“To get a point against Darul Ta’zim was pre­cious af­ter we lost 7-0 at Larkin. Dur­ing the two-week break we worked on the prob­lems and to­day we proved it to the fans we have some fight left.”

Right-back Puaneswaran was the vic­tim of an un­savoury in­ci­dent in the sec­ond half when Darul Ta’zim at­tacker Gabriel Guerra kneed him in the head be­fore mak­ing con­tact with his foot.

Ar­gen­tine Guerra was only shown a yel­low card and a minute later Darul Ta’zim scored from a free-kick taken by Safiq Rahim. Devin­der Singh

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