Just relax and score


On target: Selangor’s Sandro Mendonca (No. 50) celebrates with teammates after scoring during the Super League match against Melaka. — Bernama

PETALING JAYA: Selangor coach B. Sathianathan wants his misfiring strikers to keep a cool head when faced with a scoring chance.

The Red Giants have only recorded a win and two draws since the Super League resumed last month. They won 2-1 against Sabah and were held by Petaling Jaya City to a goalless draw and a 1-1 stalemate with Melaka.

Selangor scored 14 goals and conceded only two when they won all five friendlies before the season resumed on Aug 29.

But the goals have dried up with Nigerian striker Ifedayo Olusegun scoring two while Spaniard hitman Rufino Segovia has yet to break his duck after three matches.

The 33-time Malaysia Cup champions will next take on reigning champions and Super League leaders Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) at the Sultan Ibrahim Stadium on Saturday.

And Sathianathan wants his players to be clinical with their chances.

“Against Melaka, we had at least seven clear chances but credit goes to the Melaka defence and their goalkeeper who made several good saves, ” said the former national team coach.

“I would have been worried if we are not creating chances but that’s not the case. The players have been hasty in front of goal.

“In the friendlies, we scored a lot of goals because our opponents were not playing a defensive game. Melaka and PJ City played a compact game against us.

“Ifedayo is being marked very tight while Rufino is trying too hard to score which puts undue pressure on himself, he needs to relax a bit. Wan Zack (Haikal Wan Nor) and Khyril (Muhymeen Zambri) are available for the JDT game so it will be a massive plus for us.”

However, Selangor will be without their midfield general Brendan Gan who will be serving a one-match suspension after his send-off against Melaka last week. In-form goalkeeper Khairul Azhan Khalid is also unavailable as he is getting married.

“Playing the best team in the league and also in South-East Asia is not easy. They rarely lose at home, so we are bracing for a tough time, ” added Sathianathan.

“We really need to step up our game but without two key players, our task gets harder.”

Selangor are currently sixth in the 12-team Super League standings with 10 points after seven matches. JDT lead with 19 points.

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