Dollah’s happy with win but not with players

  • Football
  • Thursday, 12 Mar 2020

No you don’t: Pahang’s Ivan Carlos shields the ball from Sabah’s Park Tae-su at the Darul Makmur Stadium. — Bernama

PETALING JAYA: Pahang coach Dollah Salleh can finally heave a sigh of relief. His team have their first win in the Super League after two opening defeats.

The Elephants beat Premier League champions Sabah 2-0 at the Darul Makmur Stadium, thanks to Ivan Carlos’ goal in the 21st minute and Herold Goulon’s penalty kick in the 48th on Tuesday.

The east coast side had started the season dismally, losing 1-2 to Selangor and 2-3 to Petaling Jaya City last week.

Brazilian striker Carlos starred in the match, scoring his third goal in the Super League and winning the spot-kick in the absence of the injured hitman Dickson Nwakaeme.

But Dollah still thinks his leading scorer is not consistent enough and added that his men need to maintain concentration till the final whistle.

“Our players were eager to win after two opening defeats and I’m glad we finally discovered our winning touch at home,” said the former international.

“After getting two goals in the first half, the players became too careful in the second half and Sabah were attacking all out. It put us under pressure and we couldn’t score more goals despite creating chances.”

“Nwakaeme had a minor injury and we already had a two-goal lead so I didn’t see the need to use him and risk aggravating his injury.”

“As for Ivan, his performance is not consistent but he still managed to score three goals from three matches. He did well to score a goal and win the penalty from this match but I know he can be better for us.”

Meanwhile, Sabah coach Kurniawan Dwi Yulianto admitted that his men lost to the better team and Pahang’s physical advantage made the difference as they fell to their first defeat of the season.

The Rhinos were held to a goalless draw by Police before they beat Felda United 3-1 last week.

“Pahang’s aggressive game forced us to play long passes instead of our usual short passing game. Their defenders’ height advantage made it easy for them to intercept our long passes,” he said.

“We will improve and learn from this game and improve before our next game at home against Perak.”

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