Zainal wants win but cautious of LionsXII

April 13, 2014

Coach Zainal Abidin wants Pahang to win their next two Super League matches before taking a well deserved break.

The Super League takes a two-week break starting April 20, after Pahang’s matches against LionsXII (April 15) and Sime Darby (April 19).

Zainal want Pahang to keep winning to stay at the top of Super League. He was proud his boys played a disciplined game against T-Team at the Darul Makmur Stadium on Saturday to win 2-0.

He admitted taking on LionsXII at the Jalan Besar Stadium would be a different ball game.

Interestingly, LionsXII, who went unbeaten at home last season, lost at home to Sime Darby on Saturday and were defeated 2-1 there by Pahang in FA Cup second round in February.

“The players were disciplined against T-Team, who did cause some problems. I noticed that the players are doing their best to ensure they do not concede goals. I am proud of how they have lifted their game to ensure we remained at the top of the Super League.

“As for the match against LionsXII, it is going to be a tactical affair. Although they have lost in Jalan Besar several times already, it’s still a challenge playing there, especially since we are taking on a very young side on synthetic turf,” said Zainal.

Nigerian Dickson Nwakaeme, who has been a revelation for the Elephants thus far, would would likely be back in the starting eleven after missing the game against T-Team on suspension.

He could team up with Matias Conti but Zainal hinted he may depart from his 4-4-2 formation.

“Having Dickson back is surely good. But we have to see what’s the best way to line-up tactically in Singapore,” he added.

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