Pahang coach Ron Smith has vowed not to underestimate Malaysian Premier League opponents PDRM in their FA Cup encounter on Tuesday night, stating that there are "no easy games in football".
The Elephants are still on a high following their gripping last-minute win over Johor Darul Ta'zim on Friday, but Smith is keen not to take this midweek fixture lightly.
"You know if you're going into a cup game, you're only as good as the next 90 minutes," the English-born coach said.
"You've got to try and win it, you can't go into the game thinking otherwise."
PDRM are full of confidence too after an unbeaten start to the season, winning all three of their league games and knocking PBAPP out of the FA Cup in Round 1.
"I don't know too much about Polis because I haven't seen too much of them," Smith admitted.
"We had a friendly game with them before the season kicked off but that's not always a guide because everyone changes players around.
"That was actually one of the first times I'd seen their team play."
While it might seem like a straightforward David vs Goliath tale, PDRM have a trump card in head coach Dollah Saleh.
Dollah was previously in charge at Pahang and despite a recent break due to health concerns, will have most likely briefed his team on what to expect from his former charges.
"Dollah knows our boys well so I don't know if he's got any little plans up his sleeves to try and cause us some problems," Smith said.
"Cup-tie football is very different [from league games] - It's knockout, it's sudden death and we all know anything can happen in a cup match."
The former FAM Technical Director did reveal however that he had instructed his players to go into the game with "the right attitude" and to play to the best of their ability.
"You have to show every team that you play respect and accept the fact that there are no easy games in football."
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