Coach Zainal Abidin believes his players would bounce back to maintain their 100 percent record at the Darul Makmur Stadium on Saturday

April 18, 2014

Pahang, who suffered a 4-1 defeat to LionsXII on Tuesday, hosts Sime Darby needing a win to remain at summit of the Super League standings as Selangor or Johor Darul Tazkim ware waiting to pounce on the Elephants.

Pahang have only dropped points on two occasions in the last eight games, a 2-2 draw to Kelantan in Kota Bahru and LionsXII. Sime Darby enter the match fresh from back-to-back win against LionsXII (1-0) and Kelantan (4-0).

Zainal believes there were positives to take from last weekend’s loss and hopes to see improvement today.

“We were not disciplined as in previous games. It’s an embarrassing loss but we need put it behind. We have learnt our lesson,” he said.

“The team wants Darul Makmur to remain a fortress and have vowed to give their all in ensuring our record remains pure. I have yet to decide who to field but there could be a couple of changes due to tired legs.”  

Sime Darby coach Ismail Zakaria reckoned it would be a tough affair but insisted his boys could match anyone.

“We are confident of taking anyone if we keep playing the way we do. Of course we must make sure we convert every chance that falls upon us.

“But Pahang are wounded and it’s never easy taking a team after they had lost their previous match,” said Ismail.

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