Kedah stay cool despite nightmare outing in Terengganu


PENANG: Kedah had their wings clipped by Terengganu Turtles on Sunday but the treble champions are not about to lose sleep over the defeat. 

Coach Mohd Azraai Khor viewed the 1-3 defeat in Kuala Terengganu as a mere hiccup and was confident that his Canaries would get back on song. 

''It was one of those nights when nothing went right for us,'' he said in a telephone interview from Kuala Terengganu yesterday. 

''The scoreline may make us look bad but frankly, there was nothing for me to complain about as far as our performances were concerned. We had an equal share of the game but luck was on Terengganu's side.” 

Joy for Turtles: Terengganu players celebrate Gliesson Freire’s (on ground) goal against Kedah in their Super League match on Sunday. Terengganu won 3-1.

Kedah, who went to Kuala Terenganu hoping to maintain their unbeaten run, looked good to return with maximum points when Badril Bakhtiar gave them an early lead in the eighth minute. 

But the Turtles hit back with Brazilian striker Gliesson Freire hitting home the equaliser just nine minutes later and Zairo Anuar Zalani delivered a brace (36th and 60th). 

Kedah fell off the top spot to fourth place on seven points with the defeat at the Sultan Ismail Stadium. Selangor are the new leaders on 10 points after four matches and they are Kedah's next opponents at the Darulaman Stadium on Saturday. 

Mohd Azraai urged his players to put the defeat behind them and look ahead to the match against the Red Giants with confidence. 

''It's still early days in the season and there should not be any cause for concern. We certainly have the ability to bounce back on the winning track against Selangor,” he said.  

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