Tired Kedah, Pa­hang stay in touch

New Straits Times - - Sport -

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.

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