KUANTAN – Current Super League runners-up Pahang had to struggle for 70 minutes against mid-table team Melaka United before finding their footing to clinch a 2-0 win last night.
The Elephants’ coach Dollah Salleh said the inept performance by his boys could be attributed to the exhausting match against Johor Darul Ta’zaim (JDT) earlier this week.
“In the FA Cup second leg quarter-finals on Monday, our players gave 200 per cent commitment and the effect was still visible in most players.
“In the first half we had to toil to keep Melaka players out,” he told reporters after the match at Darul Makmur Stadium here last night.
Dollah said the goal by Patrick Crux in the 71st minute inspired the team to fight back and forced a second goal via Mohd Faisal Abdul Halim in the dying minutes of the game.
Meanwhile, Melaka United chief coach, Eduardo Filipe Arroja Almeida acknowledged his squad tried hard to collect three points against Pahang but the Elephants proved to be a hard nut to crack.
“Even though, we had several chances, we were unable to convert them causing us to be punished heavily in the end…we will look into further improvements to strengthen the team,” he said.