Perak coach Norizan Bakar was hugely relieved to see his team score a come-from-behind 2-1 win over Negeri Sembilan in the Super League match at Petak Stadium on Tuesday.
Norizan, who is into his third season as Perak coach, was glad to see his men get back on the winning track after losing 1-0 to Selangor last Saturday.
“We may have just played three matches so far but the win over Negeri is crucial because it has put us back on the winning track and helped restore my players’ confidence,” he said from Ipoh yesterday.
“But what pleased me most on the night was the performances and commitment displayed by my players, especially the way we fought back after the early setback.
“It’s never easy having to recover from such an early blow … especially against a team like Negeri Sembilan.”
On Tuesday, Negeri Sembilan’s Cameroon hitman Jean-Emmanuel Effa Owona curled home a free kick after just four minutes to silence the home crowd.
Norizan then made an inspired substitution by bringing on former national striker Akmal Rizal Rakhli.
And the super sub did not disappoint, levelling the scores in the 38th minute before netting the winner in the 51st minute.
The win sees Perak sitting in fourth spot in the Super League standings with six points while Negeri occupy sixth position with four points.
T-Team and Kelantan lead the standings with seven points each, followed by Terengganu on six.
Norizan has warned his men not to get carried away with the win over Negeri “as there is still room for improvement”.
“Although I am pleased with our commitment, there is still plenty of work ahead if we want to do well in the League,” said Norizan.
Perak’s next assignment sees them travelling south to take on Johor FC at the J. Corp Stadium in Pasir Gudang on Saturday.