Football

Published: Saturday April 5, 2014 MYT 9:53:00 PM
Updated: Saturday April 5, 2014 MYT 10:00:40 PM

JDT are just darn tepid for Hodak’s liking

A JDT player walks away dejected after PKNS scored the first goal in their Super League match on Friday. The match ended 1-1. - BERNAMA

A JDT player walks away dejected after PKNS scored the first goal in their Super League match on Friday. The match ended 1-1. - BERNAMA

PETALING JAYA: Johor Darul Ta’zim’s (JDT) inconsistent form is driving manager Bojan Hodak and his coaching staff nuts.

The Southern Tiger, tipped as one of the favourites at the start of the season, have only managed four wins in 11 matches to be placed fourth in the 12-team Super League on 16 points.

Their latest blip came on Friday when the star-studded team were held to a 1-1 draw by 10-man PKNS at the Shah Alam Stadium.

Hodak and Co are now working hard to find a solution to arrest the team’s indifferent form.

“I believe the players are slowly adapting to head coach Cesar Jimenez’s short passing game,” said the Croatian.

“We had several good results against teams like Kelantan and Selangor but we have been missing the consistency and the coaching staff is working on it.

“After every game we identify our mistakes and fix it during training. We are surely getting better in terms of players’ performance.”

Rumours are also swirling around that JDT officials are now in Argentina looking for a replacement for midfielder Pablo Aimar. The former Argentina international has been troubled by niggling injuries since joining JDT in September.

Hodak, however, refused to comment on Aimar’s fate.

Commenting on JDT’s drab draw against PKNS, Hodak said: “We were slow of the blocks, our passes were too easy to read and we looked lost in the first half.

“PKNS parked the bus after going 1-0 up. We made two substitutions, bringing in Safee (Sali) and Safiq (Rahim) in the second half and it brought some life into our game.

“We missed Aimar’s passes in the final third and I believe the team will perform better once he returns from his injury.”

Tags / Keywords: Johor, JDT, football, Super League, PKNS, Selangor, Kelantan

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