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PENANG HOPE TO SHARPEN BLUNT STRIKE FORCE IN QUEST FOR FIRST SUPER LEAGUE WIN

20/05/2024 12:23 PM

GEORGE TOWN, May 20 (Bernama) -- After two goalless draws in as many matches, Penang FC are ready to sharpen their attack in the hope of bagging their first Super League win when they take on PDRM FC in an away game on Saturday (May 25).

Penang coach Akmal Rizal Ahmad Rakhli said although his men failed to collect all three points in last night's home game against Terengganu FC, he is satisfied with the commitment and fighting spirit they showed.

"Not easy to play against Terengganu because they are one of the strongest teams in the league. In football, you can have more possession and create more chances but you can still fail to find the back of the net… and that's what happened.

"So, what we need to look at ahead of our away game against PDRM is how to sharpen our attack so that we can finally end our goal drought this season,” he told a post-match press conference at the City Stadium last night.

The Panthers drew 0-0 with Sabah (on May 12) and Terengganu yesterday to be placed eighth in the 13-team standings with two points.

Akmal Rizal, however, is confident they can use the next few days to get the forwards firing on all cylinders again and to work out the right tactics for the away game against PDRM at the Selayang Municipal Council Stadium.

Meanwhile, Terengganu coach Tomislav Steinbruckner hopes his players can take their game up a notch when they entertain neighbours Kelantan Darul Naim FC on Friday (May 24).

"I expected more creativity from certain players, to be bolder in moving the ball forward. Anyway, we have to be satisfied with the result (last night).

"I feel that I may have to change several players for the match against Kelantan… not because the first 11 last night are not good enough but we need to inject some 'freshness’ into our game by using the players on the bench,” he said.

Terengganu are second in the standings with four points from one win and one draw. They are just two points behind leaders Johor Darul Ta'zim (JDT).

-- BERNAMA


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