FFT's Five Finds: JDT are beatable after all
Kedah show Malaysia the way
Johor Darul Ta'zim (JDT) arrived in Alor Setar after picking up 13 wins and one draw from the previous 14 games. Who could stop the blue machine that couldn't stop winning?
The best of Malaysia and elsewhere in Asia were struggling to live with the Southern Tigers.
JDT are in second in the Malaysia Super League table and have progressed to the second round of the AFC Cup. They are also in the semi-final of the Malaysia FA Cup and are threatening to make a clean sweep of the trophies available.
But that dream might have to wait till for yet another season to materialise, after Kedah beat JDT in the first leg of the FA Cup on Saturday.
JDT arrived to be greeted by a full house and 30,000 yellow-clad fans. The atmosphere was top notch and encouraged the hosts to put the reigning league champions under pressure from the start.
They pressed high up the pitch to give the illustrious visitors no time to settle. A 2-1 scoreline read in Kedah’s favour at the end and it was the first time that Mario Gomez's men had lost this season in Malaysia.
Kedah coach Tan Cheng Hoe has given the rest of the league a lesson in how to take the game to the title holders.
There is still 90 minutes to come in the second leg down at Larkin but it is not beyond the Red Hawks to hold out for a result when they are in this form.