Football

Published: Sunday May 18, 2014 MYT 6:27:00 PM
Updated: Sunday May 18, 2014 MYT 11:03:45 PM

A win’s a win to Selangor coach Durakovic

Selangor's S. Veenod jumps in the air to avoid a tackle from Sime Darby FC's K. Prabakaran during the Super League match at Shah Alam Stadium on Saturday.

Selangor's S. Veenod jumps in the air to avoid a tackle from Sime Darby FC's K. Prabakaran during the Super League match at Shah Alam Stadium on Saturday.

PETALING JAYA: Selangor have been branded “boring” but coach Mehmet Durakovic is not perturbed at all.

At the Shah Alam Stadium on Saturday, the Red Giants laboured to their seventh 1-0 Super League win this season – this time over Sime Darby FC.

“A win is a win ... I don’t care. I would love to see us score more goals, but I’ll take a 1-0 win and three points any time,” said Durakovic.

“The three points against Sime Darby is good enough for us. We controlled the match and I’m happy with the result and the players’ performance,” added the Australian.

It was Selangor’s 10th win and it gave the Klang Valley side a five-point lead at the top of the 12-team league. The Red Giants have 34 points while second-placed Pahang are on 29 after 16 matches.

Durakovic’s side have scored only 19 goals, but their striking inefficiency has been compensated by a solid defence which conceded just 11 goals.

The 43-year-old Durakovic credited his defence and team spirit for their 11-match unbeaten streak in the league.

“We now have a five-point lead. It’s good for us as there are only six matches remaining. But it’s still too early to talk about the title as they are still a lot of points up for grabs,” said Durakovic.

“Everyone works hard and we have a wonderful team spirit. You can see the camaraderie, especially when we finally scored against Sime Darby. Our strong team spirit is a key factor for our current form.”

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