SELANGOR coach B. Sathianathan is disappointed after the Red Giants squad failed to win over PKNP FC in the Malaysia Super League match played at the Manjung Municipal Council Stadium (MPM) in Lumut, Perak.
The 60-year-old manager said the 1-1 draw should not have happened because his players played well and capitalised on the chances available to them throughout the 90-minute match.
“We cannot underestimate the ability of PKNP FC, and yet the opposite happened,” he said, adding that he told his players to ensure they did not play a lacklustre game when he spoke to them before the match.
Sathianathan acknowledged that ultimately Selangor were not a threat to the PKNP FC defence.
He said the chances available from the corner and free kicks were not fully taken, and that some did not reach their target.
“So after this, we have to correct everything,” he said at a media conference at the end of the match.
In the match, Selangor scored first in the 28th minute courtesy of imported player, Olesegun Ifedayo before PKNP FC managed to equalise through striker G. Mugenthiran in the 48th minute.
In addition, Sathianathan said his players tried their best but PKNP appeared more aggressive.
He praised the performance of PKNP FC players who played with determination to control the movement of Selangor players throughout the match.
The Perak outfit also received praise from their manager.
PKNP FC manager Abu Bakar Fadzim said his players were effective in checking their opponents.
He said although he fielded only two imported players in that match, namely Yashir Pinto and Pedro Victor, the team was able to carry out attacks and score the equalising goal.
Commenting on the match against Kuala Lumpur, to be played away in Kuala Lumpur on May 26, Abu Bakar hopes a positive result will be achieved to improve the team’s current standing.
PKNP FC is in 10th place, out of 12 competing teams in the Super League. — Bernama
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