Kedah will feel disappointed following the Super League match against PKNS FC at Shah Alam Stadium on Tuesday night after they relinquished a 1-3 lead to only draw 4-4 at the end.
Goals from Ken Ilso and a brace from Syafiq Ahmad had put the Red Eagles in a commanding 1-3 lead at half time but the second half collapse is a big concern for temporary head coach Nidzam Adzha.
His decision to rest Baddrol Bakhtiar, Fitri Omar and Syazwan Zainon backfired as Kedah crumbled after the break to allow PKNS back into the game. Even when Baddrol and Syazwan was introduced midway through the second half, it failed to have a positive impact on the team.
“First half we were leading 3-1, the players gave their best. But in the second half, we let in easy goals. The introduction of Baddrol and Syazwan was to use their experience to control the game.”
“Not really missing Liridon [Krasniqi] and Rizal [Ghazali]. We see from the first half, we had a good momentum but we’ll need to check on our carelessness at the end that caused us three points,” said Nidzam in the post-match press conference.
In the 68th minute, Ifwat Akmal had to go off injured and he could be seen needing assistance after the match with Farhan Abu Bakar replacing him. The latter was culpable for the third goal, allowing Lucas Espindola’s shot to wriggle past his grasp and into the net.
With Farhan a bundle of nerves, Nidzam is understandably worried on Ifwat’s condition what with the FA Cup semi-final at the weekend looming.
“We’re not sure yet on Ifwat. We’ll check tomorrow and hopefully he’ll be alright for the FA Cup second semi-final. It’s our target for the game on 13th April. We hope to put out the best against NS. We’ll get back Liridon and Rizal for that game,” added Nidzam.
With the draw, Kedah let slipped a great opportunity to overtake Pahang in the league standings and their title challenge are growing ever slimmer each passing week. The Red Eagles stays in third spot, six points behind Johor Darul Ta’zim.