Darren plays motivator in bid to help winless Phoenix rise


PETALING JAYA: Petaling Jaya City are at their wits’ end over how to snap their long winless streak in the Super League.

The Phoenix have not won a match since April, an alarming situation which has seen them drop to 11th in the standings with only 12 points from 14 matches.

In their last game at home, they were whipped 3-0 by Pahang.

But one player in their all-local squad sees a change in fortunes coming soon.

Darren Lok, PJ City’s top scorer with seven goals from 13 games, is expecting a positive result when they face high-flying Negri Sembilan at the Petaling Jaya Stadium today.

‘’We’ve corrected the things that didn’t go right in the last game and we’re working towards a good result against Negri,” said the 31-year-old Darren.

“It has been a tough run as we’ve not won since the Terengganu game (PJ City won 3-0) in April.’’

Darren and Co know they have their work cut out against the Deer, who are third in the league with 29 points from 15 games.

And that starts with making their ball possession count with more chances created and finished off.

“We’ve had a lot of possession but we struggle to create chances in the final third. We play well only in patches, so consistency is a problem,’’ he said.

‘’We must have the discipline to play cohesively for the full 90 minutes and be more lethal up front. If we can start doing that, we can get the wins we need to move up the standings.’’

As one of the senior players, Darren has been doing his part to motivate the team, who are the only club in the Super League with no foreign players.

“I’ve told the players to start believing in themselves again. Believe that we are a good team who can start winning again.”

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