Midfield enforcer Affizie Faisal shuts JDT's engine down
BY OOI KIN FAI Follow on Twitter
|MAN OF THE MATCH
ATM 3-1 JDT
Lightning do strike twice as ATM burst Johor Darul Ta'zim's (JDT) bubble with a well deserved win at Selayang Stadium. The result puts a big dent in the title hopes of the Southern Tigers and it would be easy to pinpoint where it went from for them.
Affizie Faisal's performance in the middle of the park proved to be a major stumbling block for the cash rish club from Johor. The difference could be seen clearly with how much attacks that JDT could create had before and after Affizie was substituted.
Affizie put in an effective job of shutting down JDT'S midfield in particular Hariss Harun and then Safiq Rahim to deny them any chance to feed the likes of Luciano Figueroa and Pereyra Diaz with the ball. His clever positional play and clean challenges were a hallmark of his game.
To cap off a productive night for Afizie, he even managed to get himself on the scoresheet. ATM are languishing down the bottom of the league table mainly due to his absence. If they are to avoid relegation, there's no doubt that Affizie will play a vital role in it.