Club side T-Team pulled off a major upset by beating Perak 2-0 and knocking them off their perch in a Super League match at the Sultan Ismail Stadium on Saturday.
Bosnian import Bojan Patrick (56th minute) and Zairo Annuar Zailani (88th, penalty) were on target for T-Team.
No one was more jubilant than T-Team’s coach Yunus Alif, who described his team’s performance as inspiring and embodied the “never-say-die” attitude.
He said Perak controlled much of the first half but luckily T-Team’s defence held firm against the barrage of attacks.
“We never let the lack of an imported striker get to our heads. Instead, the players believed in themselves and it was the key to victory,” said Yunus.
Yunus said his team played cautiously in the first half but switched to attack mode in the second.
“Our half-time team talk worked. I told the players to go all out to get a win.”
He also reserved special praise for Patrick, who is actually a centre back but managed to score the first goal.
“He is arguably one of our best players and the best buy of the season. Combined with his terrific defensive play and the willingness to go on attack, he is almost a complete player,” he said.
Yunus said his players deserved the win as they showed a lot of heart and were not intimidated by Perak’s status as the league leaders at that point.
Perak have since gone down to second place following Kelantan’s 2-1 win over Terengganu.
Yunus called on the players to continue the fine form and go on a winning run. This is just the sort of match to inspire the players. If we can beat Perak, then maybe … just maybe … we can beat everyone,” he said.
T-Team, who are in sixth place, face Felda United in their next match.