“Fixtures taking their toll on us” – Kelantan coach Bojan Hodak after seeing his side come from behind to narrowly seal passage to FA Cup final

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When asked about the feeling of guiding the team into the final, the Croatian said:

“It was good. A good performance from the players. They never give up. I would like to say that we managed to get something in every match that we play.”

“We came out to play football but unfortunately the fixtures had not been in our side. We have less time to recover and prepare in between matches. I have no complaints about the performance of the players.”

“We played in the AFC, in the FA Cup and in a few days we’ll be playing in the league. The players are tired. The fixtures  is taking their toll on us.

When asked about the atmosphere of the night, he said “It’s not easy playing here (in Darul Aman). You see the stadium is packed an hour before the match. Their (Kedah) fans cheered for the team non-stop and it clearly had impact on my players.”

Kelantan staged a great comeback by scoring twice in the second half to erase the deficit and when asked what he said during the half time team talk, the former UPB-MyTeam coach said:

“We were two goals down. Of course I said something but it is not good to be written.”

When asked if there are things that needs to be sorted going into the final he replied, “There are (things to sort) but what can I do? We are playing on the first, fourth, eigth, 12th, 15th (of May) and then the final on 19th. So many matches coming our way.”

Meanwhile Kedah coach Wan Jamak Wan Hassan was left rueing his side’s defensive lapse which cause them a place in the final.

“This is football. We squandered so many goal scoring opportunities and let them scored the goals.”

 

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