PETALING JAYA: It’s been a disastrous start for Pahang in the Super League with two straight defeats, but coach Dollah Salleh is telling his boys not to panic.
The Elephants fell to a 1-2 loss to Selangor in their opening match at the Darul Makmur Stadium on Feb 29 and suffered another heartbreak with a 3-4 defeat to Petaling Jaya City last Friday.
Dollah said it was not all gloom and doom with the narrow losses and believes his team are just unlucky with the losses.
The former international said a win in their next game against Sabah at the Darul Makmur Stadium today would put his team back on track.
“I don’t see any major issues with the team’s performance … We did play well but we didn’t get the results we wanted and we have identified the mistakes,” said Dollah.
“I don’t deny that it’s not the ideal start for us but we know what needs to be done … our defence pushed up high during our attacking runs and we were slow to respond to counter-attacks.
“The players are feeling down with the results and I told them they need to keep their heads up and continue playing the way we do … We are playing Sabah next and a win will be the right tonic for the team.”
The Elephants, who lost their skipper Matthew Davies in the transfer window, are still finding their feet in the league. Another problem is that winger Mohamadou Sumareh is still not 100% fit following an ankle injury.
Dollah said Super League newcomers and Premier League champions Sabah who are coming off a 3-1 over Felda United last week, are not opponents to be taken lightly.
“We give all of our opponents the same respect. We know Sabah have good imports and their local boys are quite good too,” said Dollah.
“I have talked to our players and they responded well and we understand the expectations of the fans… The next match will be at home and I hope the fans can support us for the win.”
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