JDT's Safiq Rahim (left) runs into two Pahang defenders during their Super League match on May 16, 2014. The match ended 2-2. – Bernama Photo
JOHOR BARU: Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) midfielder Safiq Rahim believes football is a cruel game.
He and his team-mates watched in disbelief as Pahang snatched victory from them at the very last minute of their Super League match at the Larkin Stadium. The match ended 2-2.
Safiq thought his goal in the 48th minute had sealed the match and helped the Southern Tigers record their first victory this season against the Elephants.
“We should have had the three points as we had the advantage of playing at home with the support of our fans here.
“The players’ confidence was high but our lack of concentration in the last minute helped Pahang get a point from us,” he said.
Although his goal on Friday ended his barren run, Safiq said he would rather have had the important three points instead.
“We have several important matches coming up and we need to get our focus back to become champions,” he said.
JDT currently sit in third place in the Super League standings, with Selangor and Pahang ahead of them.
In the match played here on Friday night, JDT opened the scoring through their Argentine forward Luciano Figueroa in the 25th minute and national striker Mohd Azamuddin Akil replied 11 minutes later.
Safiq then put the home team in front again but a howler from JDT goalkeeper Izham Tarmizi Roslan, who fumbled a cross from R. Gopinathan in the dying minutes of the match, gave a point to Pahang.
Meanwhile JDT manager Bojan Hodak believes former Harimau Muda player Izham will be at his best in the upcoming matches.
“Mistakes happen in football and his performance in the last several matches has been very good,” he said.
He also applauded JDT’s new signing Jorge Diaz for a good performance in his debut.
“Overall, he created two chances for us to score and I believe he will be an important player for the team,” he said.