BY ZULHILMI ZAINAL Follow on Twitter
Although bottom-placed Negeri Sembilan failed to avoid defeat in their league encounter at home against Kedah on Sunday, their Brazilian attacker Flavio Beck Junior saw a lot of positives in their performance.
Playing under new head coach Mario Lemos for the first time since the Portuguese was appointed earlier this week, the hosts went behind from goals by Liridon Krasniqi (8') and Akhyar Rashid (17'), but in the second half they came out fighting to pressure Kedah. Flavio himself would help the Deers pull one back through his 76th minute strike, but they couldn't find the equaliser.
Speaking in the post-match interview with the match broadcaster, Flavio said he was optimistic of the fightback shown by the team in the second half, and their chances of safety.
"Our situation is not good, but there are still twelve rounds to go. I hope and believe we can stay in the league because we have a new head coach and will sign new players.
"I believe in these guys; our local players have the talent while the foreigners are good. The coach is experienced and has a good relationship with the players, I believe we will be safe," said the 31-year old player.
The defeat has put Negeri, now on five points, four points adrift off safety.