PETALING JAYA: Terengganu’s Malaysia Cup final meltdown still haunts their skipper Lee Tuck.
The Turtles were beaten 1-4 by Perak in the penalty shootout after the thrilling showdown ended 3-3 after extra time at the Shah Alam Stadium last year.
Both teams ended up with 10 players on the pitch when Lee Tuck and Gilmar Filho were shown the red card.
Lee Tuck said it was painful to let the Cup slip out of their hands but added that Terengganu are wiser from the heartbreaking loss.
“We got to learn from our mistakes and come back stronger and hopefully we can do better this year and win it,” said the Englishman.
“The final is hard to reach, you will meet some of the tough teams, you need to be consistent throughout the tournament.”
At yesterday’s Malaysia Cup draw, Terengganu are in Group A with Kedah, PKNS and Premier League outfit Negri Sembilan.
“”We got a tough group but we are playing well at the moment. We got results in the last six or seven games. I believe in the team and we have done it before and we can do it again.”
The Turtles, who were expected to be one of the front-runners in the Super League, had a season to forget as they struggled for consistency and saw their coach Irfan Bakti quit after a string of poor results.
The East Coast side ended their campaign in seventh spot in the 12-team standings under caretaker coach Nafuzi Zain.
Lee Tuck said their defence is something that needs to be fixed as they hold the fifth worst defensive record conceding a whopping 37 goals in 22 matches.
The backline was further weakened as they could not get Brazilian defender Luis Gustavo registered due to a delay in obtaining the International Transfer Certificate.
“We conceded a lot of goals and that needs to stop. We are one foreigner short at the back,” said the 31-year-old.
“But fair play to the local defenders who have done a good job but we need to be tighter and stronger and keep playing our possession-based attacking football.”