East Coast giants Terengganu paid the price for complacency in the 2-0 defeat to Hong Kong champions Kitchee in the AFC Cup at the Sultan Ismail Stadium.
Coach Mat Zan Mat Aris, who was clearly upset with his team’s dismal performance, said his players were guilty of careless mistakes, especially in defence.
“Our turnover rate was unbelievable and it gave Kitchee many opportunities to attack,” he said. “We gave away the ball cheaply despite controlling the game.”
Mat Zan said the forwards also lacked focus, failing to convert countless chances.
“We could have scored two or three goals,” he said. “The team let the fans down … we let ourselves down.
“I expected more, especially after our big win over Sabah last week.”
Mat Zan did not rule out the possibility that the players were suffering from fatigue due to the hectic schedule.