FFT's Five Finds: Piledrivers, Thai police and teams under pressure already

In Southeast Asia, the new football seasons are starting to get into gear and FourFourTwo has learned five things from the latest round of action…

1. It's been a roller-coaster few days for Penang

Just a few days ago, life was looking good for Penang. Then, FourFourTwo was writing an article about how Faiz Subri had, with one amazing free-kick (see below), given a real boost to the worldwide image of Malaysian football. The swerving set-piece went viral and for good reason.

It also helped that it came as the newly-promoted team was thrashing last season’s league high-flyers Pahang 4-1. It was as perfect as the first home game of the season could possibly be – but then came the FA Cup tie with Kuantan.

It should have been a fairly comfortable passage to the third round but the Malaysia Premier League team shocked the hosts with a 4-2 win and there were no spectacular strikes in sight as Faiz left the pitch in the first half with an injury.

It was a big blow for the Panthers, especially as they were 1-0 ahead going into the final minute. A last-gasp goal by Dao Bakary levelled matters and extra time was not pretty as the game became an ill-tempered affair despite the slew of goals that followed.

His team has only just come up from the second division, but Penang coach Jacksen Tiago has been told that the 2016 target is to either attain a top-three finish or earn a trophy. With the new season just a few days old, one of those targets is now relatively out of reach.

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