PKNS goalkeeper Muhd Zamir Selamat saves a shot by JDT's Luciano Figueroa (left) in their Super League match at the Larkin Stadium. JDT won 1-0. – Bernama Photo
PETALING JAYA: Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) caretaker coach Bojan Hodak has rubbished suggestions that luck played a part in his side’s 1-0 win over PKNS in their Super League match at the Larkin Stadium on Friday.
The Southern Tigers won the match courtesy of an own goal from defender Mohd Aminuddin Mohd Noor in the third minute.
Hodak, who took over after head coach Cesar Jimenez was told to take a rest, said his side dominated the match for the hard-fought win.
The Croatian added that his defence did very well to contain PKNS’ foreign strikers – Patrick Wleh and Karlo Primorac – on the water-logged pitch.
“There is no luck in this win ... we had two attempts from Norshahrul (Idlan Talaha) and Luciano (Figueroa) saved on the line by PKNS players, which proves that we dominated the match,” said Hodak.
“I’m very happy with the performances of S. Subramaniam, Mohd Daudsu Jamaluddin and goalkeeper Mohd Izham Tarmizi. They played well to keep a clean sheet.
“It was a hard game, we couldn’t play our attacking game due to the pitch condition and PKNS had their chances too. This win will be good for the team’s confidence.”
The win was JDT’s fifth of the season after 12 matches, putting them in fourth place in the Super League standings with 19 points.
Hodak’s appointment as the caretaker coach has been heavily criticised by JDT fans but the former Kelantan coach said the decision was made by the JDT management after a poor run in the first half of the Super League.
The 43-year-old coach also revealed that JDT are looking to boost the team by signing Boca Juniors striker Juan Manuel Martinez. They are currently awaiting a reply from the Argentina club.
“The fans will have to ask the management about the appointment. In football, people will like or dislike you, it’s part and parcel of the game,” said Hodak.
“For me, I’m here to do a job ... Our target is to win silverware this season and what’s important now is we need to win matches.”