The Turtles lack the cutting edge in attack without star striker Francis Forkey Doe as they lumbered to a disappointing goalless draw in the Super League match against minnows Johor FC at the Sultan Ismail Stadium here on Saturday.
Despite having the giant share in possession, the Turtles were unable to make the breakthrough against a resolute Johor FC defence.
Turtles’ striker Abdul Hadi Yahya, granted a rare starting berth due to Doe’s suspension, was the main culprit in missing several chances including a golden opportunity from two yards out late in the first half.
The match turned into a snore-fest with only two notable moments – when the Turtles had two goals disallowed for offside.
A dejected Mat Zan Mat Aris conceded his team played poorly despite dominating the proceedings.
“We failed in the final-third as our forwards were poor in their finishing. Our build-up play was good but our finishing was disappointing … it was a frustrating match,” he said.
On Abdul Hadi’s performance, Mat Zan said the striker failed to find spaces to make runs or to punish Johor FC’s defence.
“I hope Hadi can regain his form, which made him the golden boot winner last season,” he said.
Mat Zan said he substituted Hadi and brought in Joseph Kalang Tie in the second half, as he wanted more speed in the team’s play.
“In the end, it was not our day but we have to correct our mistakes and be ready for the next game.”