By FOX Sports staff
The Red Giants, traditionally one of the country's strongest sides, were expected to challenge for the title at the start of the season but currently find themselves fourth on the table, eight points behind leaders LIONSXII.
On Friday, they were expected to comfortably see off Perak at the Shah Alam Stadium but found themselves a goal down after 19 minutes when opposition full-back Noor Hazrul Mustafa scored with a stunning 25-yard freekick.
Selangor did manage to hit back a minute from time when Raimi Nor scored with a ferocious strike to earn them a share of the spoils, but Irfan cut a deflated figure at the final whistle as he admitted his side's title prospects were all but over.
"It's harder for us to win the title now," he told The Star. "We have dropped far too many points.
"We will try to finish in the top two, which may also be difficult. We want to play in the AFC Cup next season [and] we need to have a proper plan from now on to achieve that aim.
"Maybe the players were overconfident as Perak fielded a few unknown youngsters. We played better in the second half."
On the other hand, Perak coach Azraai Khor Abdullah was pleased with his side's displayed and although they have little to play for in the remainder of the league campaign, he believe it augurs well ahead of the Malaysia Cup.
"We came here for a draw and came close to going back with the full points," he said. "So I'm happy with my players' performance.
"We came into the match depleted with injuries but the second stringers showed that they can step up.
"It's a good sign as we will use the remaining league matches to prepare for the Malaysia Cup."
Selangor are next in action on Saturday when they visit defending champions Kelantan, while Perak entertain Terengganu a day earlier.
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