Injury-free Nurri looking to make first XI push

Grabbing his second goal of the season, Nurridzuan is working hard to ensure that he will feature more in K. Rajagopal's plans this season.

PKNS FC found themselves on the verge of losing to PKNP FC at home but were saved just in the nick of time through one of the team's lesser used player this season, in Nurridzuan Abu Hassan.

The 25-year-old came up with the all-important equalising header seconds before the final whistle to deny PKNP their first away win in their short Super League history.

It was a result that did move the Red Ants up one spot from fifth to fourth but that could change if Perak win their game on Sunday. However, with Johor Darul Ta'zim winning away at Kelantan, it left PKNS trailing the league leaders by seven points.

"I can't be happy with the result because PKNS are supposed to win because we are at home. We didn't play well but hopefully we can improve in the next game to get all three points," Nurridzuan told Goal.

Having found himself on the periphery last season with Pahang that only saw him made less than 10 appearances for the Elephants, there were big hopes that Nurridzuan would feature more by joining the K. Rajagopal revolution at PKNS.

However the former Harimau Muda player has found it difficult to break into the squad that has done well since the start of the season. Faris Ramli has been a success on the wings and the performances of Mahali Jasuli has also caught the eye.

Rajagopal also often pushes Romel Morales out on the wings and the lanky Colombian attacker has been earning rave reviews from all quarters as he continues to adapt to Malaysian football.

All that leaves very little opportunity for Nurridzuan to break into the starting XI but the winger is hopeful that having contributed against PKNP, he can continue to give Rajagopal a tough decision to make regarding the selection.

"This season, the competition is healthy in the squad. It's quite tough because I'm going up against foreigners in the position that I'm in. But honestly I'm still giving it all I got during training and I'm hopeful more chances will come."

"I have been injury free since late February. Now it's just about maintaining fitness and ensuring that I get my confidence level up with more game time. End of the day, it's down to the coach. All I can do is to put in 100% during training," added Nurridzuan.