It was not a night to be remembered for Pahang. Coach Zainal Abidin Hassan was devastated by the loss and simply could not find words to explain how Selangor walked away with three points from the Darul Makmur Stadium on Saturday.
The Elephants dominated proceedings and looked more like of the two teams to find the back of the net. However, it was Selangor who took home all the points after a counter attack led to Andik Vermansyah’s goal in the 64th minute.
The loss saw Pahang drop to second in the league with 28 points, three points behind new leader Selangor. Terengganu and Johor Darul Takzim (JDT) have 25 points each but the Souther n Tigers have played a game less.
Pahang face another acid test next weekend, an away tie to JDT at the Larkin Stadium on Friday.
“Sometimes in football, you play your best game but don’t win. This was one of those days,” said Zainal in his effort to explain Pahang’s loss.
“It was very obvious that the missing golden opportunities cost us the match. We should have scored on several occasion but we just could not find a way past the Selangor goalkeeper (Farizal Marlias).
“Anyway the league is not over yet. We will come back stronger. But first we have to redeem ourselves by picking up points so we could claw back to the top.
Farizal, a Pahang-born, had a splendid game to deny Dickson Nwakaeme, Matias Conti, Hafiz Kamal and R. Gopinathan countless of times.
Even Selangor coach Mehmet Durakovic conceded his side were lucky to take maximum points.
“Pahang are a great team… been together for few years, and as expected came at us with full force. Fortunately, we held on and nicked a winner. But we had to run all day for this result,” said the former