PETALING JAYA: It wasn’t the kind of win Mat Zan Mat Aris was looking for but the Terengganu coach was not complaining.
Mat Zan was hoping for more goals but the Turtles managed only a 1-0 win against Singapore’s LionsXII in the first leg of the FA Cup quarterfinal clash on Saturday, thanks to Joseph Kalang Tie’s 65th-minute strike.
As the east coast team embark on a long journey down south today for the return leg against the Singaporeans tomorrow, Mat Zan believes his lads are fully prepared for another victorious outing.
“The Singaporeans came to Kuala Terengganu hoping for a draw. It was evident in their playing style but we managed to put in a goal,” said Mat Zan.
“LionsXII closed us in during the first half and it was really difficult for us to penetrate. We created numerous more chances upfront when we changed our tactics in the second period.
“Honestly, I was expecting more goals but we have to be happy with the 1-0 win.”
Mat Zan, however, expects their opponents to adopt a different approach at Jalan Besar Stadium.
“I’m sure they will change tactics but we’ll be prepared for it. At least we have a goal in hand.”
Terengganu also scored a 1-0 win against the Islanders in a Super League match earlier this season and Mat Zan said his lads would not have a problem adjusting to the artificial turf at Jalan Besar Stadium.
“The boys are really motivated. We want to defend the title and are determined to go all the way,” he added.