SEREMBAN: The impressive performance of Negri Sembilan who beat Kuala Lumpur 2-1 in their Super League match at the Tuanku Abdul Rahman Stadium in Paroi on Sunday apparently is still not good enough for head coach K. Devan to decide on his first XI squad.
Devan said it was still too early to assess the players’ overall performance for him to decide who will be the key players for the Deer.
“Last week when the team won against Petaling Jaya City, it was a high-intensity match and this time I saw the players could play at the same level against Kuala Lumpur,” said Devan.
“So in terms of performance, I see an improvement but further assessments need to be made before I can finalise who will make up the first XI,” he added. Devan praised the performance of his men in the second half of the match as they appeared more confident to produce many scoring opportunities in addition to organising finer attacks.
“That somewhat was the turning point in the match.
“Throughout the second half I saw us produce more chances to score goals and our counter-attacks were so good and the team were able to defend well. Congratulations to the players,” he said.
Devan said attention was given to the defence and reorganising the midfield, thus Negri were able to defend well in the match.
Negri are currently in fourth place in the league with 11 points. — Bernama