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Morais warns JDT not to get complacent

The Star Online logo The Star Online 16/7/2017 By MOHD FARHAAN SHAH

JOHOR BARU: Coach Ulisses Morais has warned Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) not to feel too comfortable with their 11-point lead in the Super League.

The Southern Tigers strengthened their grip for a record fourth consecutive league title after beating Sarawak 3-1 at the Larkin Stadium on Saturday. They now have 39 points from 16 matches.

Second-placed Kedah lost further ground after they were held to a 1-1 draw by Selangor at the Darulaman Stadium,

A double from Lebanese Mohamad Ghaddar in the 11th and 73rd minutes and a 77th minute strike by Muhd Safawi Rasid ensured JDT all the three points. Sarawak replied through Mohd Sahil Suhaimi in the 63rd minute.

“The 11-point lead is a positive for us, but I don’t want our players to be too confident and think the job is done. Anything can happen in football and there’re still many matches left,” said Portuguese Morais.

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“There is still room for improvement and we also want to play good football at the same time,” he added.

Sarawak assistant head coach Pengiran Bala lamented on his team’s lack of concentration in the loss.

“We played really well and managed to equalise early in the second half, but JDT proved to be a better team.

“But we can take a lot of positives from this match for our remaining games,” he said.

The Crocs are hovering near the drop zone. They occupy 10th place in the 12-team league with 14 points, two ahead of 11th-placed Melaka.

“We must work hard to win points in our remaining matches. We need to keep our status in the Super League team,” said Pengiran Bala.

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