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Jelius: Get back to winning ways

9th February, 2018

KOTA KINABALU: Consistency will be the key word as Jelius Ating expects his Sabah Rhinos side to get back to winning ways when they take on PDRM in a Premier League tie at the Likas Stadium tonight.

Jelius said they need to start showing some consistency, not only in producing the results but also in their game.

“We must try to improve from game to game, and at the same time, produce the result, especially when we are playing a home game.

“Even away, the idea is to get all the three points, but at the very least we must bring home one point,” the Sabah Rhinos head coach said.

Sabah Rhinos have had an awesome start to their 2018 Premier League campaign where they thrashed Terengganu FC II 4-0 in the opener last week.

However, that explosive start was put to a halt by Felcra FC on Tuesday, after the match ended in a one-all draw in Shah Alam.

But playing three matches in the space of eight days seemed to take its toll on the Sabah Rhinos, a fact that is admitted by Jelius.

“Yes, the players looked a little fatigued. The travelling itself is already taking its toll on the players. They look tired and jaded, but there is nothing we can do because other teams are also facing the same tight schedule as us.

“To be frank, the players hardly have had enough time to fully recover after one game. We played on February 2 and had to travel to Selangor for the date with Felcra FC on Feb 5. The game was on Feb 6, and we returned on Feb 7, and now we have a game on Friday (Feb 9).

“So, there is so little time for us to correct the wrongs in the team,” Jelius said, while hinting that he is likely to stick to the same first-team against PDRM.

“I don’t think there are going to be any changes. We are trying to retain the first team, but if there are any changes, it is going to be minor.

“We will have a final look at the players during training later today (yesterday), and we will see how they feel. I need to see their condition before I could name the first team for the PDRM clash,” said Jelius.

Asked to comment on their opponents, who suffered a heavy 6-2 defeat to Felda United FC in their last fixture, Jelius said taking on a team like that is kind of risky.

He said one thing for certain is that they (PDRM) will be going all out to make amends, and try to get back on their feet.

“But for me, I am not really bothered with what is happening with the other team. For me, what is more important is for our team to do well and play well to get the result. And that is what matters most.

“Another thing is, we will certainly not underestimate PDRM and will work hard to win this home match,” he added. Jelius also hopes that his charges are more clinical in front of the opponent’s goal.

“Football is all about scoring goals. No matter how well you play, and no matter how many chances you created, and if you fail to translate those chances into goals, it will be meaningless because we need to score goals to win matches,” he said. – By FRANCIS XAVIER

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