KUALA LUMPUR: Pahang paid a heavy price for fielding their second stringers as they went down 5-2 to Selangor in the Super League.
Ifedayo Olusegun shone for Selangor, netting a hattrick in the 35th, 42nd and 85th minutes at the Shah Alam Stadium on Tuesday.
Khyril Muhymeen Zambri (29th) and Endrick Dos Santos (46th) contributed the other goals while R. Kogileswaran (67th) and Mohamadou Sumareh (76th) replied for Pahang.
Despite the defeat, Pahang are still in second place with 30 points while Selangor move up from fifth to third with 28 points.
Pahang coach Dollah Salleh said that he had to take a risk and rested 11 of his key players to focus on the FA Cup semi-final return leg against Perak in Ipoh on Saturday.
“The Cup tie is important for us and that’s why I rested the players,” said the former Pahang player.
“But the players fielded were fit, it’s just that they lack match experience.
“Most of them are playing for in the league for the first time.
“Right from the start, they were outclassed in all departments. But I never expected them to concede five goals.
“Their inexperience showed as they made a lot of silly errors. I had no choice but to field Safuwan Baharudin and Sumareh for a better performance and also to reduce the deficit,” added Dollah.
“I’m not disappointed with the loss as the management wanted me to rest the key players for the FA Cup.
“I also did not field key players as they might get injured,” said Dollah.
Dollah’s counterpart B. Sathianathan praised his players for the convincing win.
“We played well and the most important thing is we picked up three points and moved up to third.
“I also rested a few of my main players but we should not have conceded two goals against their second stringers,” said Sathianathan.