Monday, 5 March 2012

Terengganu coach wants better performance despite win

The Turtles beat Kuala Lumpur 1-0 in their Super League clash on Saturday but coach Mat Zan Mat Aris not happy the performance of the team.

He said Terengganu, currently in second place in the league standings with 17 points, under-performed against the city team.

“We struggled in a match we were supposed to cruise through. The players in ever department was disappointing and we should have scored more than one goal,” said Mat Zan, adding that the defence gave their opponents too much space.

Mat Zan conceded that his team were lucky to escape with a win as KL could have scored the equaliser.

“I wanted a solid performance but we were shaky right from the start. Our counter attacks was disappointing while the defence always looked in danger of conceding,” he said.

However, Mat Zan, praised Liberian striker Francis Forkey Doe’s for his winning goal.

“His goal was fantastic but again he could have scored more. We had many chances but failed to convert.”

Terengganu’s laboured win at the Hang Jebat Stadium kept the pressure on league leaders Kelantan who also have 17 points but have a game in hand.

Doe scored the solitary goal in the 61st minute to save the Turtles the blushes against the basement side.

KL, bolstered by Zakaria Charara and Emmanuel Okine, both on loan from Kelantan, looked the more dangerous side but were let down by poor finishing.

Asked on the performance of local strikers Abdul Hadi Yahya and Abdul Manaf Mamat, Mat Zan said he expected the two to score.

“Our challenge for the Super League title could have gotten a major boost if the two hit form. I hope Hadi and Manaf can deliver soon.”

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