Johor Darul Ta'zim's striker Liciano Figueroa (centre) falls to the ground from Perak's Wendwoga Didier Martin's challenge during their match at Larkin Stadium on Saturday. - ABDUL RAHMAN EMBONG/The Star
JOHOR BARU: Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) manager Cesar Ferrando Jimenez wants his players to show more urgency, especially in set pieces, following their lacklustre win over Perak at the Larkin Stadium on Saturday.
Star-studded JDT won their opening Super League 2-0 with Mohd Amri Yahyah heading in from a corner kick in the 38th minute and Argentine striker Luciano Figueroa made it 2-0 two minutes before full time.
“We need the win to give us the momentum and I am very pleased with the team’s performance. They made a couple of mistakes during the first half of the game especially in terms of passing but the players did well to win the game for the fans,” said Jimenez.
In front of a packed stadium, the homesters wrested control of the game and could have won by a bigger margin if they had not squandered the several corner kicks that came their way.
JDT had 11 corners and Jimenez rued the missed chances to increase their goal tally.
“We will be working more on set pieces during our training to make sure the players know what to do,” he said.
The coach added that leftback Mohd Fazly Mazlan injured his calf during the match and the medical team will assess whether the injury is serious.
JDT’s next game is away to T-Team at the Sultan Ismail Nasarudin Shah on Saturday.