Rampant Pahang look to defence to set up Malaysia Cup semi vs. JDT

Rampant Pahang look to defence to set up Malaysia Cup semi vs. JDT
From ESPN - September 21, 2017

He scored a dazzling double in his team's last outing, but Pahang winger Christie Jayaseelan believes that defence will be more important than attack in the Malaysia Cup quarterfinals when the 2014 champions travel to Perak on Sunday.

Ahead of the second leg in Ipoh, the Elephants hold a 3-1 advantage after their first-leg success in Kuantan on Sept. 16.

Dollah Salleh's side have been in rampant form of late, winning their last five games and scoring 17 goals in the process.

Christie, who sparked the 3-0 Malaysia Super League win over Sarawak on Wednesday, says Pahang must refuse to let Perak score to ensure progression to the last four of the Cup.

"Offensively we are pretty solid unit, it's just that we need to try and keep a clean sheet to secure progression," Christie told ESPN FC.

"The job is only half complete, despite our first-leg win. We cannot go to Perak taking anything for granted because they can turn things around if we are not careful."

Christie's maiden season with Pahang has been restricted by a torn quadricep in his left leg.

But, despite making only four appearances this year, he has still managed to find the net three times.

"My only aim is to stay fit and get more game time under my belt. I think I should return to full fitness if I get another 90 minutes. We are at a crucial stage of the campaign and I want to help the team as much as possible," he said.

Despite a slow start to their Malaysia Cup campaign, Pahang have hit their straps at just the right time.

And Christie's goals against Sarawak bumped Pahang above Kedah in the MSL to second, which offers a spot to the AFC Cup.


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