"It's a frustrating 4-0!" - Nakajima-Farran on KL mauling

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Football Malaysia LLP
Pahang thumped KL 4-0 at home on Friday, but new signing Issey Nakajima-Farran believes that they could have won by a bigger margin.


BY        ZULHILMI ZAINAL       Follow on Twitter


Pahang edged Kuala Lumpur (KL) 4-0 in their round 12 Malaysia Super League match on Friday, but the comfortable win was still not enough for the hosts.

In the match that was held at the Darul Makmur Stadium, Muslim Ahmad opened the scoring in the eighth minute, before Safuwan Baharudin, Issey Nakajima-Farran and Austin Amutu added one goal each, in the 41st, 53rd and 89th minute respectively. 

Nakajima-Farran and Amutu's goals are their first since joining the Elephants as mid-season signings, and they could have scored more in the match had they been more clinical with the many chances they had.

In the post-match interview with the match broadcaster, Nakajima-Farran said he has never won a match with such a margin, but still come away feeling exasperated.

"The team did not click the way we wanted to, when in training we had clicked and the coach said so too. We need to improve on our match fitness in order to click together, that's the difference between doing it in training and doing it together.

"I don't think anybody has been a part of a game where it's a 4-0 (win), but it's a frustrating 4-0! To be honest we should have won by a bigger margin. But it's an important win, and at the end of the day that is what's important to us, so we have to be happy with it and try to click on the pitch," said the former Canada international.

But ultimately, the forward was happy with his goal; his first goal in only his second competitive match in over half a year. 

After he parted ways with Terengganu at the end of the 2017 season, Nakajima-Farran was a free agent until he signed for Pahang.

"It's a bit of a relief, I mean it's my second game in seven months. I'm 34 years old but I still feel fit, I still got it, but there's a bit of that rustiness.

"The fans kept cheering me on and that kept me going, so do the coach and everyone at the club, they were excited at my arrival. So for that it was very nice," added Nakajima-Farran.

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