Hodak says City boys will fight on despite fatigue

PETALING JAYA: Kuala Lumpur coach Bojan Hodak praised his bunch of fighters after holding Melaka to a 1-1 draw in the first leg of the Malaysia Cup semi-final.At the KLFA Stadium in Cheras on Monday, the fancied visitors took the lead as early as the eighth minute.

Adriano Narcizo took advantage of KL goalkeeper Kevin Mendoza’s poor positioning when he sent the ball into the back of the net off a free-kick.

Midfielder Zhafri Yahya (pic) saved the day for the City Boys with a header in the 26th minute.

Hodak refused to blame his goalkeeper and felt the draw was a fair result.

“It’s Kevin’s mistake but he had done very well previously and saved us so many times this season.

“At the end of the day, this result is from our team effort and we will now focus on the return match,” said the Croatian.

“As I mentioned before the match, this might not be a good game for us.

“We’ve played seven matches in a short time while Melaka played only five.

“That is already a big difference... both teams were tired, the pitch was very heavy and there were a lot of mistakes.

“The good thing is the fighting spirit shown by the players. When you are tired there will be mistakes and this is normal.

“In the first half, we gave them too much space and gifted them a goal.

“If we had scored from the first chance we created, things would have been different.

“Luckily we found the equaliser and managed to keep our unbeaten home record.”

Hodak said based on his players’ never-say-die attitude they still have a fighting chance despite Melaka needing just a draw to march into their maiden Cup final.

Kuala Lumpur, a three-time winner, last played in the final in 1989.

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