Terengganu coach Elavarasan: We lost the game in the second half

The Turtles coach was happy with his team's performance despite the loss, and believes his side will break their winless streak in the Malaysian Super League soon.
By Khalis Rifhan

Terengganu FA are still without a win so far after their loss on Saturday night against LionsXII at the Jalan Besar Stadium, despite taking a first-half lead.

Turtles' coach E. Elavarasan felt that his charges did well in the first half, but totally lost the plot after the half-time break.

“We were losing lots of possession in the second 45 minutes, especially before they scored their goals," he said.

"It happens, when a team is playing at home and a goal behind; of course they will be pressing hard to get the equalizer.

“In the first half we were compact but not the second - when we lose the ball, we need to drop back quickly and the LionsXII got their break, which allowed them to come at us.

"When they got the equalizer through the set piece, it gave them the extra push in the team to get the winner.”

But despite experiencing a second consecutive defeat, Elavarasan called on the fans to be patient as he believes they will be able to turn the tables around.                                              

“Overall the players' performance is not that bad, but the only thing is the lapse of concentration in defence. We can say that the players are consistent but the only thing is, results have not come our way,” he said.

“When you lose, who is happy? But we are facing a tactical problem especially when we were being pressed hard in the second half.

“When we lose, people will comment that we played badly but I feel we just need a game or two more to blend together as a unit and raise the confidence of the team.”

Terengganu will next face Pahang FA, who lost 3-2 away to Selangor FA earlier on Saturday, at the Darulmakmur Stadium in Kuantan on January 22.