Ronny Harun (second from right) in a file photo. Felda United will be wary of his long throw-ins in their FA Cup match.
PETALING JAYA: Felda United coach Irfan Bakti admitted that his side needs to do better to cope with Sarawak’s aerial threats when the sides meet in the FA Cup quarter-final first round at Selayang Stadium on Tuesday night.
The Crocs have won three matches on the trot – beating Sime Darby 3-0, Selangor 1-0 in the FA Cup second round and PKNS 2-0.
And leftback Ronny Harun’s long throw-in provided the assists for Sarawak’s goals in their last two matches.
Irfan said that his goalkeeper Farizal Harun needs to take command of his area against the Premier League champions to nullify the threat from Ronny’s throw-ins.
It is easier said that done for Irfan as he’ll be without the services of towering Uzbek centreback Yaroslav Krushelnitskiy who’s not fully fit after recovering from a thigh injury.
The 62-year-old coach will also need to rally his players after their 2-1 Premier League loss to title rivals Negri Sembilan last week.
“Sarawak have been very effective with their set-pieces and Ronny’s long throw-ins have caused a lot of problems to the defenders,” said Irfan on Monday.
“They are also a hard team to break down when they get the lead and are lethal at fast counter-attacks. Besides that, they will also be in high spirits after winning their last three matches. It will be a tough match for us.
“But I believe we can overcome Sarawak. Farizal needs to do more during set-piece situations and we need to put extra men in the box.”
Irfan added that his players will bounce back against Sarawak after their defeat to Negri.
“Of course the players are a bit distraught with the defeat to Negri but they will be ready for Sarawak ... we will make a comeback in this match,” added a confident Irfan.