PETALING JAYA: Selangor winger D. Surendran is prepared to play as an out-and-out striker to help perk up the struggling Red Giants.
The 23-year-old Surendran's appetite was whetted when he scored twice as a striker in Selangor's 4-1 home win over Kedah on Tuesday.
“I am prepared to play in any position. I guess the coach saw me play in a striker's role for Selangor in the Bardhan Cup this year. I was the top scorer with five goals and scored two goals in the 3-0 win over Johor in the final,” said Surendran yesterday.
Surendran, who was also the saviour for Selangor when he scored the golden goal against Sarawak in the FA Cup final in 2001, opened account against Kedah in the 15th minute with a neat one-two with fellow forward Mass Sarr Jr before firing his second from a long range effort in the 34th minute.
The Red Giants, 10th in Premier I, are struggling to hit form this season but staged one of their better performances to stem the poor run of just one win in six matches.
Surendran said all was not lost for his team as they still had a chance to make the cut for the eight-team Super League next year. The top six teams in Premier I will win automatic promotion to the Super League while the seventh to 10th place teams in Premier I and the top four sides in Premier II will vie for the two remaining slots in a play-off.
“I feel we have a good team but there has been far too many injury problems resulting in our inconsistent performance.
“I hope this win will motivate the team to perform better and to improve in our table standings,” said Surendran.