Penang will look to their South Korean import Lee Gil-hoon (left) for inspiration when they take on Kelantan in a Malaysia Cup group tie in Kota Baru on Tuesday night. - Filepic
GEORGE TOWN: Penang will be happy if they can return with a draw from Tuesday night’s daunting Malaysia Cup Group C match against Kelantan in Kota Baru.
The Premier League team were tagged as the whipping boys of the tough group, but produced a surprise to hold Armed Forces to a 1-1 away draw at the Selayang Stadium in their opening match last week.
Now, Penang coach K. Devan wants his players to produce more heroics against Kelantan, the 2010 and 2012 Malaysia Cup champions, at the latter’s own den.
“We had a good start by taking an away point against Forces. We wasted two good opportunities to take all three points, but I am satisfied with the result. It will be good for our confidence if we can repeat the feat for a second away match in a row,” said Devan on Monday.
“We have a specific game plan to get a positive result in Kelantan. I hope the players can carry out the plan to perfection and produce another good result.”
The former Negri Sembilan and Selangor coach, however, admits that Penang are in for a torrid time at the Sultan Mohd IV Stadium as Kelantan will be baying for blood after the 1-0 defeat to Johor Darul Ta’zim last week.
“In the Malaysia Cup, every team have to collect maximum points from their home games to stand a good chance of qualifying for the quarter-finals. This is Kelantan’s first home match, so they will be going all out to collect all three points.
“We don’t mind being the underdogs, but we want to prove that Penang are capable of challenging for a top two spot in this tough group,” said Devan.
Penang, however, will be without injured midfielder Shazuan Ashraf Matthews. The islanders, who qualified for the Malaysia Cup after finishing third in the Premier League, will rely on inspirational South Korean midfielder Lee Gil-hoon and Brazilian striker Luiz Dos Santos to lead the way.