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  • April 15, 2014
  • • 20:45
  • • Stadium Perak, Ipoh
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Ten-man Southern Tigers grind out victory over Perak

Ten-man Southern Tigers grind out victory over Perak

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The impact of new coach Bojan Hodak continued as his team picked out another gutsy victory against the league's cellar dwellers to move to third in the table


GOALBY    MARK DAWSON

Johor Darul Takzim (JDT) notched their second victory on the trot when they edged Perak FA 1-0 on Tuesday night, despite finishing the game with 10 men.

The hosts had begun the match in a lively manner, looking to attack down the flanks and attempting to expose Daudsu Jamaluddin while trying to feed Milan Purovic, who was constantly making life difficult for both Aidil Zafuan and Fadhli Shas.

The powerful forward came close on 15 minutes when he met a corner at the far post, with his header hitting the crossbar and going behind after Izham Tarmizi had been caught in no man's land.

But the visitors went ahead just one minute later against the run of play, thanks to a well worked goal finished off by Nazrin Nawi. It was the sublime control of Luciano Figueroa that set up the move, as his flick found Shakir Shaari, who instantly picked out a wide open Nazrin inside the area. He gave Razi Effendi no chance with a powerful drive that cannoned off both posts before nestling in the net.

Figueroa came close to making it two soon after as he linked well with Norshahrul Idlan Talaha, who teed him up for an opportunity on the edge of the area. His effort had the required strength to beat Razi, but went narrowly over the crossbar.

The rapid tempo of the opening 25 minutes soon dropped off, with both teams huffing and puffing but failing to create any chances of note. It took until added time at the end of the first half for the game's next chance, with Noor Hazrul Mustafa inches away from pulling his team level.

Despite JDT having eight men back defending a set piece, their defensive frailties appeared once again as they allowed Nurhakim Isa's delivery to make its way to the far post where Noor Hazrul was waiting. However, he snatched at his shot and sent it into the side netting.

Perak should have been level within three minutes of the restart as a Purovic header again rattled the crossbar, although he was adjugded to have fouled Aidil already.

Pablo Aimar made his much awaited return for JDT on 60 minutes and almost instantly provided an assist for his team. He uncharacteristically won a header to flick the ball on and release goal scorer Nazrin, but the latter steered his shot wide of the post.

JDT's task of picking up maximum points became harder on 68 minutes after Amirulhadi Zainal received his marching orders. Already on a yellow card, he foolishly kicked the ball away after being flagged offside to earn a second booking.

But the visitors managed to deal with Perak's limited attacking threat comfortably, while themselves looking a danger on the counter-attack. Although they did continually give away foolish free-kicks in dangerous areas, the hosts did not have the quality to punish them.

The game got more and more fractured as time expired, with the home side guilty of several rash challenges and the Southern Tigers eager to stay down for as long as possible to chew up the clock.

In the end, the visitors comfortably saw out four minutes of stoppage time to pick up their second consecutive 1-0 win under new coach Bojan Hodak and move to third in the table.

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