Tuesday, 13 March 2018 | MYT 12:00 AM
Don’t act like giants
PETALING JAYA: Perak coach Mehmet Durakovic has warned his players not to get carried away after finally clicking into gear in the M-League.
The Seladang put on a masterclass to thrash 10-man Selangor 3-0 in their Super League clash at the TLDM Stadium in Lumut on Sunday.
Selangor defender Ashmawi Yakin scored an own goal in the 20th minute before D. Kenny Pallraj (pic) and Gilmar Da Silva found the back of the net in the 36th and 46th minutes.
The Red Giants were reduced to 10 man after defender William Pacheco picked up his second booking for a foul in the 85th minute.
Durakovic wants his players to start focusing on the FA Cup third round match against Premier League outfit Penang at the State Stadium in Batu Kawan on Saturday.
“We dominated the game and could have scored more goals. It was a fantastic performance from the team and everything went perfect for us but that match is done and dusted,” said the former Australian international.
“We’ll take on Penang in an away fixture in the FA Cup and there’s a perception that it’ll be an easy game but in reality, there’s no such thing in football.
“If you disrespect and underestimate an opponent, it will come back and bite you in the backside.
“We’ll have to keep our focus, the team are playing well but we should not get carried away – we just have to continue our winning momentum.”
Perak are now sixth in the 12-team Super League standings with seven points while Selangor lie eight with six points after five matches.
Durakovic added that his players were finally playing the way he wanted the team to play and urged them to keep up the good work.
“There’re plenty of matches ahead and there’s always room for improvement.
“The good thing is everyone understands what I want and they are delivering the result,” said the former Selangor coach.
“Now it’s all about instilling a winning mentality in the team and letting the players enjoy their football.
“Winning breeds confidence and I hope we can continue our good form.”