PETALING JAYA: Coach Benjamin Mora described Johor Darul Ta’zim’s 3-0 win over Petaling Jaya City as their best performance this season.
The Southern Tigers produced a scintillating show in the first-half when they scored three goals in 30 minutes at the Sultan Ibrahim Stadium in Iskandar Puteri on Saturday.
Although all goals were due to defensive mistakes by the Phoenix, JDT’s relentless pressing was the key for the comfortable win.
Winger Gonzalo Cabrera got the ball rolling as early as the first minute. New signing Bergson Da Silva continued his hot form with a brace in the 20th and 30th minutes. The Brazilian has now scored eight goals in five matches.
Mora said his tactical change worked against a side that was difficult to penetrate.
“PJ City have always made life tough for us. They are not an easy side to beat. No team have scored past them in the first half this season and we are the first to do so, ” said the Mexican.
“This is our best performance thus far. We pressed well, transitioned well, moved well, passed well... everything just went well. I could not be happier.
“The early goal was a great confidence booster.
“We just got better as the game went on and my boys were committed to delivering the three points.”
Mora also reserved special praise for the second liners who stepped up.
“A few of our first 11 are injured but those deputising them did well, ” added Mora.
“Safawi (Rasid) is out but Arif (Aiman Hanapi) has been impressive. When Safawi returns, there will be a fierce competition. It’s good to have this kind of competition.
“Matt (Matthew Davies) was out with a hamstring niggle but Kuna (S. Kunanlan) did well in his place. Kuna is like fine wine.
“The older he gets, the better he becomes.
“I like the depth we have in the squad.”
JDT remained top of the standings with 20 points and have widened the gap on second-placed Kedah by four points.
They will next face Pahang on April 16 and Mora said they would treat their opponents with respect, but with the form they are in, JDT are beginning to establish themselves as the “Invincibles” of the Malaysian League.