BY OOI KIN FAI Follow on Twitter
After the disappointed against PKNS last weekend, Perak couldn't have asked for a better match to pick their confidence back up again than what they had in the FA Cup second round. Unlucky Persatuan Bola Sepak Melayu Selangor (PBMS) were handed a 3-0 defeat at the hands of their more illustrious opponents. Playing in the last of their two-match stadium ban, Perak missed a hatful of chances but still did enough to go into the third round draw.
Karl-Heinz Weigang rung the changes for this match with Shahrom Kalam, Shahrul Saad, Nazirul Naim, Nasir Basharuddin and Hafizul Hakim rested. In their stead, Idris Ahmad, Hafiz Kamal, Jasazrin Jamaluddin, Nazrin Nawi and Khairul Amri were brought in, probably with an eye on Saturday's encounter against Johor Darul Ta'zim (JDT). PMBS started with a 5-4-1 formation as they looked to hold out against the much stronger home team.
The plucky vistors only managed to hold their own until the 14th minute before the floodgates opened. Vladislav Mirchev controlled a long raking pass from Hafiz Kamal, beat two defenders before slotting home past Redzuan Harun in goal for PBMS. The Bulgarian was roundly booed off in last week's match against PKNS, should his better composure in front of goal this time around.
Mirchev would turn provider just 12 minutes later when he cleverly turned inside the penalty box and had the awareness to find his team mate in Faton Toski. The Albanian latched on to Mirchev's cut back to put Perak up 2-0 after 26 minutes played. It was attack versus defence and Perak were camped almost exclusively in the PBMS half for the rest of the first half.
Only poor finishing meant that the score remained the same as half time approached but in truth, Mirchev could have earned himself a very handy first half hattrick had he been more clinical. Twice the former BATE Borisov forward was put through one-on-one but his shot could only hit the keeper on both occasions.
The pattern persevered in the second half with the away side continuing to be under pressure and it only took the Super League side four minutes into the second period before extending their lead in the match. Toski ran on to Hafiz's through pass and calmly put away the chance to make it 3-0 to Perak after 49 minutes.
With nothing to lose, PBMS's coach Zulakbal Karim changed his tactics and started to push his players further forward. They went to a 4-5-1 with Yusaini Hafiz coming in to play at the lone man up front. Their more adventurous approach almost paid off in the 75th minute when Yusaini found space inside Perak's box but failed to keep his subsequent shot on target.
With more space to operate in, Perak broke into space plenty of times but a combination of poor final balls and finishing meant that the score stayed at 3-0 until the final whistle. The perfect pick-me-up match for Perak after the previous loss to PKNS in the Super League. On this showing, perhaps Weigang would be reassured that he can put some faith in the fringe players.