KOTA KINABALU: It was frustrating to see the Rhinos slip the three points away from their hands, said its team manager Rahman Zakaria yesterday.
He insisted it was a match they could have won if they converted their chances.
“We did not create many chances, but I still believe that we had at least three or four that could have been translated into goals. Unfortunately, we didn’t do that and that is really frustrating,” said Rahman.
The Rhinos were held to a 0-0 stalemate against Felda United at their home den – the Likas Stadium on Friday.
Rahman went on to say that they cannot go on with the season to be a draw “specialist”, insisting that it will bring them nowhere. For the record, that was their third match where they failed to find the net.
Prior to the clash, they were also held to the identical scoreline by Proton FC and Shahzan Muda. They have only won twice after five games – defeating two Premier League debutantes SDM Kepala Batas of Penang and MBJB FC from Johor. Both the home matches ended 2-0 in favour of the Rhinos.
“Now we certainly need to do some polishing up in our attack. We cannot go on registering such results all the time.
“We better start scoring or it would be difficult for us to catch up with the top teams,” Rahman said.
But having said that, Rahman, is not taking away the credit from his charges for playing one of their best games thus far in the season.
“We played well … but we just couldn’t find the net. Overall I’m happy with the contributions made by the players. The only fault I can find in them is we failed to score the goals,” said Rahman.
On a positive note, Rahman said it was good to see that the team still managed to maintain their unbeaten run, and without conceding a goal after 450 minutes of action.
However, the Rhinos can consider themselves lucky to escape with a point as Felda United managed to put one goal behind the net. Fortunately for the Rhinos, the goal by its former flanker S. Sunder was disallowed for off side.
After Friday’s clash, Sabah dropped a rung down in the standings to fifth on nine points, while Kuala Lumpur now sit on the fourth spot on 10 points.
The Rhinos will have the opportunity to regain the fourth placing when they head to Melaka on Sunday for Monday’s clash at the Hang Jebat Stadium.