Six-goal salvo but both team coaches are singing the blues

Terengganu's Md Nafuzi Md Zain

PETALING JAYA: Coaches lament poor defending as Terengganu and Selangor drew 3-3 in a Super League match at the Sultan Mizan Stadium.

Terengganu’s Nafuzi Zain bemoaned the mistakes made by his goalkeeper Ilhan Amirullah and their poor set-piece in defence while Selangor’s B. Sathianathan felt that two out of the three goals should not have been conceded.

The goals for Turtles were scored by Rahmat Makasuf (43rd minute), Sanjaar Shaakhmedov (64th) and Lee Tuck (94th), while the Red Giants saw Ifedayo Olusegun (39th), Khyril Muhymeen Zambri (52nd) and Brendan Gan (70th) on the scoresheet.

Terengganu even had a player sent off when Azalinullah Alias received a second yellow card in the 80th minute.

Nafuzi said he has less than 48 hours to rectify his problem in defence before his team face Petaling Jaya City tomorrow.

“Our gameplay looked good as we dominated from start to finish but our biggest mistake was to gift easy goals to our opponents. All three came from set-pieces,” said Nafuzi.

“Our defenders did well compared to the last game against Kedah, but giving away easy goals through set-pieces is painful.

“It was not easy for the players to find an equaliser but they did try. The character and desire showed by them even with 10 men were admirable, so I’m happy with that.”

The third goal conceded by Terengganu could have been dealt better by Ilhan, but the 26-year-old pushed a corner kick to Brendan who easily tucked it into goal.

“That was a simple mistake made by a goalkeeper. As an experienced keeper, he should not be making those mistakes,” said Nafuzi.

“We were 2-2 and then conceded that goal. It affected our morale. We created chances, played good football but conceding easy goals can undo that hard work.”

Sathianathan was equally disappointed with his defenders but hoped they would be more solid against Kedah on Sunday at the Darulaman Stadium in Alor Setar.

“We were leading 3-2, and we could have been sharper. I saw fatigue as this is our third away game in four matches, and our passing were shaky at times.

Terengganu played well and their ball-possession was good,” said Sathianathan.

“Our defenders were missing in the box for the first goal. We muffed up the second goal too. We will learn from our mistakes.”

They are currently fourth in the league with five points, while Terengganu are sixth with four points.
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