KOTA KINABALU: Pressure is still mounting on Sabah coach and manager Gary Phillips despite returning home with a point from their two consecutive away ties against T-Team and KL Felda United FC last Saturday and Tuesday respectively.
The one point gained still sees his side languishing second from bottom in the 14-team Super League standings with six points after eight games, a mere three points ahead of bottom-of-the-table Perlis.
And that surely is a concern as failing to climb up the table will see Sabah drop back into the Premier League next season, as the bottom two teams will be demoted!
Their lightweight attack or rather poor finishing seemed to be their biggest problem at the moment.
They merely managed to score four goals in eight games and concede eight, which certainly is not a good record.
The season is still a long way to go, but they must stop the rot now or may find it a little too late to recover from their slow start to the season.
However, the point gained from the 1-1 draw against KL Felda United FC was enough for Gary to believe that better things are to come for his struggling side.
He insisted that if they keep playing like the way they did against the club side, they will be okay!
In fact now Gary is pretty much looking to home games to get the points.
“We have played eight games (this season) and we played six of those away and (now) we are looking forward to home (game),” said Gary yesterday via SMS.
“I’m very proud of the boys. They played very well. The game should have been over in the first half. We created so many good chances against the team coming fourth (prior to the clash) in the standings,” he said of their tie against Felda.
“Shahrul (Azhar Ture) scored a good goal. They (Felda) scored from a free-kick 10 minutes from time and if we keep playing like this we will cause problems for other teams,” he added.
Unless Sabah improve on their scoring record, playing well alone will not help their cause in their fight for survival in the league.
They are currently lying in 13th in the standings with six points to show after eight games into the season.
Sabah will play two consecutive home matches against Perak this Saturday followed by the date against Perlis on Tuesday.
These two matches are BIG ONES for Sabah, as failing to get the points, is just like courting trouble for the already ailing-look side.