JDT are just darn tepid for Hodak’s liking


PETALING JAYA: Johor Darul Ta’zim’s (JDT) inconsistent form is driving manager Bojan Hodak and his coaching staff nuts.

The Southern Tiger, tipped as one of the favourites at the start of the season, have only managed four wins in 11 matches to be placed fourth in the 12-team Super League on 16 points.

Their latest blip came on Friday when the star-studded team were held to a 1-1 draw by 10-man PKNS at the Shah Alam Stadium.

Hodak and Co are now working hard to find a solution to arrest the team’s indifferent form.

“I believe the players are slowly adapting to head coach Cesar Jimenez’s short passing game,” said the Croatian.

“We had several good results against teams like Kelantan and Selangor but we have been missing the consistency and the coaching staff is working on it.

“After every game we identify our mistakes and fix it during training. We are surely getting better in terms of players’ performance.”

Rumours are also swirling around that JDT officials are now in Argentina looking for a replacement for midfielder Pablo Aimar. The former Argentina international has been troubled by niggling injuries since joining JDT in September.

Hodak, however, refused to comment on Aimar’s fate.

Commenting on JDT’s drab draw against PKNS, Hodak said: “We were slow of the blocks, our passes were too easy to read and we looked lost in the first half.

“PKNS parked the bus after going 1-0 up. We made two substitutions, bringing in Safee (Sali) and Safiq (Rahim) in the second half and it brought some life into our game.

“We missed Aimar’s passes in the final third and I believe the team will perform better once he returns from his injury.”

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 1
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3
Subscribe now to our Premium Plan for an ad-free and unlimited reading experience!

Johor , JDT , football , Super League , PKNS , Selangor , Kelantan

   

Next In Football

Soccer-It's war! Australia promise Argentina a battle in last 16
Soccer-Argentina will 'break our backs' to beat Australia, says Scaloni
Soccer-Uruguay opt for Suarez against Ghana in re-run of 2010 showdown
Soccer-Ronaldo leads Portugal against South Korea after injury scare
Soccer-Berhalter hoping to draw on Dutch lessons in last 16 tie
Soccer-World Cup 2022 top goal scorer: who could win Golden Boot?
Soccer-Dutch can overcome strong U.S. threat, says in-demand Van Gaal
Soccer-World Cup 2022: which teams are out of FIFA tournament?
Soccer-Tunisia's Khazri announces retirement from national team
Soccer-German FA demands analysis for World Cup flop with Euro 2024 in sight

Others Also Read