PETALING JAYA: They say every cloud has a silver lining, and that adage surely resonates with Selangor coach P. Maniam.
The Red Giants suffered a 4-1 loss to Terengganu in the Super League on Saturday but Maniam chose to see it as a timely wake-up call.
Selangor got their campaign off to a rousing start with a 2-0 win over Kuala Lumpur and went on to outclass Melaka 4-1 last week. The 4-1 lesson by Terengganu has brought them back down to earth.
Maniam was disappointed but said the defeat would only keep them on guard when they face Pahang at the Cheras Football Stadium on Feb 24.
“We started our campaign well with two wins but fumbled in our third game.
“I’m not happy with the big loss but I had to field five youngsters in the match,” said Maniam.
“Our seasoned players were injured and I was forced to use the youngsters.
“The good thing is that we have ample time to prepare the team for the next match.
“This defeat early in the season is a good wake-up call for the team after riding high with two wins. The players need to evaluate themselves and play better.”
Maniam added that the team were affected by fatigue after playing three matches in seven days.
“We have several fresh faces. They have not played in the Super League or Malaysia. I think we’ll be better when these players adapt to the pace of the league and combine well as a unit,” said the former international.