PETALING JAYA: Perak are playing like champions again - and poor PKNP were trampled by the Seladang as they ran riot on Saturday.
After weeks of insipid displays in the Super League, the Malaysia Cup champions finally came alive to thrash the Manjung-based club 4-0 at the Manjung Municipal Council Stadium.
Goals from Gilmar Filho (30th and 90th minutes), Brendan Gan (13th) and Shahrul Saad (56th) did the trick for Perak as they begin to regain their confidence in the league.
Perak coach Mehmet Durakovic was relieved that his charges are finally showing composure in front of goal.
“It’s a pleasing performance and a professional one too.
“From start to finish, we controlled the game,” said the Australian coach.
“PKNP are a good side, they have talented young players and an outstanding coach, but we deserved to win this game.
“We have created many chances in the last eight games, but we couldn’t score. This time, we finally won a match with many goals.”
“I’m pleased with the players I have at the moment. We’re doing a good job.”
Meanwhile, PKNP coach Abu Bakar Fadzim lamented his boys’ many tactical and technical errors in the match.
“Perak have many high-quality players and we can’t afford to make mistakes against them. My boys made lots of errors,” said Abu Bakar.
“Yashir (Pinto) and Giancarlo (Rodrigues) could not play their normal game because Perak got their tactics right.”
Perak are eighth in the league with 13 points from 11 matches, while PKNP are behind them with 10 points.
PKNP will want to exact revenge on Perak when they face them again in the FA Cup quarter-final first leg at the Manjung Municipal Council Stadium on Tuesday.
“We’ve to work on a formula to ensure there’s no repeat of this scoreline.
“We want a favourable result so that we don’t feel under pressure when we play the second leg in Ipoh,” added Abu Bakar.
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