Mora sees draw with KL as just a small setback


Out of my way: Kuala Lumpur’s Daniel Ting (centre) vying for the ball with two Johor Darul Ta’zim players during the Super League match at the Cheras Football Stadium. — Bernama

PETALING JAYA: Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) are not ‘superman’.

This is JDT coach Benjamin Mora’s statement after they came from behind to hold Kuala Lumpur to a 1-1 draw at the Cheras Football Stadium on Friday.

After a goalless first half, Romel Morales struck the first goal for the City Boys in the 45th minute and soon after captain Hariss Harun scored the Southern Tigers’ equaliser in the 56th minute.

It was the southern state’s second match without a win in the Super League having lost 0-1 to Terengganu a few days ago.

JDT are still leading the field but with only one point ahead of Kedah.

Just before the start of the season, defending champions JDT were touted as the “Invincibles” but after the last two games, Mora admitted that they were under pressure.

“Every team in the world will have setbacks. We have been on top for a long time. We cannot be superman, ” said Mora.

“There is pressure for some of us. We’ll focus on what we can do.

“We’ll focus on JDT. We are still at the top. We will maintain our first place or maybe not. We will work harder.

“Against Kuala Lumpur, I thought we did well. There was intensity, and we pressed high.

“Our opponents were organised. We conceded the first goal due to a mistake, but we came back after that. It was a good game for both sides.”

Hopes were high on JDT striker Bergson da Silva but he has not found the net for the second consecutive game.

Before that, the 29-year-old Brazilian had scored nine goals in just seven games.

“I hope he scores in the next game, ” said Mora.

“Strikers, sometimes they score a lot, sometimes they don’t. We will cheer him up and help him get to his usual level.

“He is one player who works hard, and even if he does not score, he helps with our overall play.”

Meanwhile, Kuala Lumpur coach Bojan Hodak said a draw was a fair result.

“We played a team with all the best players in the country and they have a budget 10 times higher than ours. This result will help us go through the next 11 matches with confidence, ” said Hodak.

Kuala Lumpur are seventh in the league with 13 points.

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