Fandi credits fans for carrying JDT into final

The Johor Darul Takzim coach thanks fans’ support in their dogged FA Cup run, while Dollah Salleh bemoans the away-goal rule, in their post-match interviews

After much controversy and drama, the second leg of the FA Cup semi-final match between Pahang and Johor Darul Takzim finally took place earlier, with the Southern Tigers emerging as the eventual victors on away goal.

Pahang took the lead through a Matias Conti brace in the first half, before Andrezinho equalised in the early minutes of the second half to win JDT a spot in the final based on the away-goals rule.

When interviewed by Astro Arena immediately after the match, JDT coach Fandi Ahmad credited his charges’ strong mentality to come back in the match after having conceded two goals in the first half.

He also said that despite going behind in a number of FA Cup matches in the run up to this tie, his boys always managed to overcome the odds to win them.

He credited the JDT faithful, whose support consistently galvanises them at home and also when playing away.

Pahang coach, Dollah Salleh, meanwhile, could not hide his disappointment in his post-match interview.

He said that luck was not on the Tok Gajah’s side, despite them leading the tie in the first half.

"JDT were able to capitalise on our brief loss of concentration, and that’s all it took for them to win the semi-final.

"The away-goal rule is rather cruel, but it is what it is."

JDT will play Kelantan in the final match on June 29.

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