BY ZULHILMI ZAINAL Follow on Twitter
After seeing his side fall to a 2-1 defeat at home against local rivals PKNS, Selangor head coach Maniam Pachaiappan conceded that their race for the second place in the Super League is now over, and will turn their attention towards the Malaysia Cup.
In their Super League match at the Selayang Stadium on Wednesday, former Selangor loanee Patrick Wleh scored the winning goal in the 64th minute, to give the Red Ants their second win over the Red Giants this season. The result was also Selangor's third straight defeat in all competitions; their worst streak this season.
With two rounds remaining in the league, Selangor's chances of finishing in the league are slim as they are currently in fifth place. However, this Sunday they will play away to Kedah in their second leg quarter-final Malaysia Cup match, with the first leg ending in a 3-2 home defeat last Friday.
"I think we have to concentrate on the Malaysia Cup now, we have one more match to go (the second leg) so we have to go all out and give our best.
"Dato' Sri Subahan Kamal (Selangor president) has given us the target which is to avoid relegation and we've fulfilled that. And this (Malaysia Cup) is our remaining chance to win silverware, so we have to win the quarter-final tie," said Maniam to the press after the match.
When asked his take on his charges' poor current form by Goal, despite them having played better even with the absence of key-players during an earlier stretch of the season, the former Selangor player responded that it is because they have been concentrating on the attack too much, at the expense of their defending.
"We've been concentrating more on attacking and losing focus on our defending. The players have to change their mindset and bounce back fast for the quarter-finals.
"We should not be conceding, that's the most important thing," he noted.