Longhi confident JDT imports will deliver, Cabrera vows to improve

Nicolas Anil Nicolas Anil

Raul Longhi is confident that JDT’s foreign imports will start scoring soon while Gonzalo Cabrera vows to improve.

Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) in-form forward Gonzalo Cabrera says the club never rest on their laurels, after he bagged a double against Negeri Sembilan FA to put the Southern Tigers eight points clear in the Malaysia Super League (MSL).

Wednesday’s 2-0 victory at Larkin Stadium  was JDT’s ninth in 11 games, and puts them firmly on course for a fifth consecutive MSL title.

Cabrera, who has scored six goals in the last six league games, feels the Southern Tigers must build on this momentum to continue dominating the league.

“It feels nice to have this big advantage. But we must continue, we must get better. We are always aiming to give it 100 percent every week. To achieve that, we work hard in training,” said Cabrera.

The rain-soaked encounter produced little goalmouth action, but the Argentine proved the defining factor with two well taken goals in front of a sparse home crowd.

Harriss Harun was also relieved to come away with the full points in this first match during the fasting month.

“It is a good result for us in our first home game of the Ramadhan period. We controlled the game, and our defence did well. We were aware of what Negeri can do, but we didn’t give them any chances,” said the Singapore international.

The Southern Tigers had started with their two new imports Jorge Santos Silva and Harry Novillo upfront, who produced a fruitful performance.

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JDT coach Raul Longhi says both players will start scoring in due time.

“We have to give our new foreign players time to adapt to our team’s style of play. Back then, it took Martin Lucero a few games without scoring and I do not want to pressure our new foreign players,” said Longhi.

“We want to focus our efforts as a team. That is more important.”

Novillo has already scored on his debut in the 2-2 draw against Selangor FA on May 12.

JDT will look to build further on their advantage when they travel to face PKNS FC on Sunday.

Selangor FA’s postponed match against PKNP FC will meanwhile be rescheduled to a later date.

The game was called off after floodlight malfunction at the City Stadium in Penang.