Tired Kedah, Pahang stay in touch
Azih replacing the suspended Kiko Insa in the Pahang midfield.
“We were very disciplined in both attacking and defending,” he said.
“I’m not surprised to have won 2-0. It could have been more because we missed a lot of chances but the three points are very important.”
A new-look Selangor had both Amri Yahyah and Andik Vermansyah making their debuts following their arrival in the mid-year transfer window but neither had much of an impact before the home team ended with 10 men when substitute Halim Zainal saw red three minutes from time.
“Overall we didn’t play well and we didn’t create a lot of chances while our defending was not that good,” said Selangor coach P. Maniam.
“Pahang played well and controlled the game.
“In the next one month, we have to prepare better.”
Kedah coach Nidzam too was relieved after a win which keeps them within six points of Darul Ta’zim following Ilso’s first-half treble.
“Our first objective was to get the three points,” said Nidzam, who brought in Syafiq Ahmad for Syazwan Zainon in his only change from Saturday.
“We knew we had to try to score goals, we knew that the players had not recovered from the FA Cup final.