PETALING JAYA: A telling-off from coach Benjamin Mora was the perfect wake-up call for Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) as they thrashed PKNP 5-0 in a Malaysia Cup Group B match at the Larkin Stadium.
JDT were held to a 2-2 draw at the Manjung Municipal Council Stadium in Perak in their previous Malaysia Cup clash on Aug 16.
Mora did not mince his words after that match, warning his boys to buck up and show the right attitude.
It did the trick in the return Cup clash on Friday night as homesters JDT tore PKNP to shreds with goals from Safawi Rasid (36th and 62nd), Mauricio Santos (13th), Gonzalo Cabrera (30th) and Diogo Santo (50th minute).
“They have learnt from that draw. The boys know that if they don’t give their 120% for 90 minutes, mishaps can happen, ” said the Mexican coach.
“Our focus, effort, mentality and game plan worked wonders on Friday.
“We controlled most of the action and for any coach, that’s great satisfaction. It was a complete performance.”
It was also JDT’s first clean sheet after six matches, and Mora said that was something that he valued the most.
“Our goalscoring ability has always been there, but the defence has got me worried. In the last five games, we conceded an average of two goals per game.
“I spoke to the defenders, and they responded well.
“If we can keep on churning out performances like this, there is no doubt we can go far in the Malaysia Cup.”
PKNP’s assistant coach Chan Wing Hoong said his team were beaten in every department, and it’s a painful lesson for them.
Wing Hoong said his team have to beat UITM and Kedah in the next two fixtures if they hope to get into the quarter-finals.
“In Manjung, JDT didn’t show their true colours. Today, their performance was like poetry in motion.
“That’s why they are the best team in Malaysia. We gave them too much time and space.
“JDT’s short passing was crisp, and whatever they did just turned out good.”
JDT lead the group with 10 points, followed by Petaling Jaya City with six points. PKNP remain third with four points, while UITM have yet to collect a point from three matches.