By | July 10, 2017

Dollah Salleh says Pahang must improve to beat JDT in MSL showdow

Pahang head coach, Dollah Salleh

Dollah says Tuesday’s home match against runaway leaders JDT will be a huge test for his out-of-form team.

Coach Dollah Salleh has demanded that his Pahang players lift their performances ahead of Tuesday night’s crunch match against Malaysia Super League (MSL) leaders Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT).

FA Cup finalists Pahang are winless in three matches since returning after the Hari Rayabreak, and Dollar admits he is concerned.

“We are not doing well … and it is due to the long break. Nothing went right for us in the three matches,” Dollah told The Star. “I had a heart-to-heart talk with the players and they have assured me things will change for the better.”

In April, Pahang knocked JDT out of the FA Cup at the quarterfinal stage, and another win could cut the three-time defending champions’ lead at the top of the table to six points. JDT were also knocked out of the AFC Cup in controversial circumstances in May.

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But with the Elephants losing to Felda United (2-1, MSL) before draws with second-tier sides Negeri Sembilan (2-2) and PKNP (1-1) since July 1, Dollah knows his team can’t afford to continue in the same vein.

He said: “This is going to be a real test for the players. But I have confidence they will make a strong comeback. We need a good result before they regain their form.”

Dollah admits he’s been disappointed with Argentine striker Yamil Romero, who replaced Nigerian international Chinedu Dike during the recent transfer window.

“We expected more from Romero but we will give him time. He is trying hard but the finishing is not there, yet,” Dollah said.

In the MSL, Pahang are tied on 24 points with Kedah, with JDT on 33 points after only one league defeat in 14 matches this season.

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