PSS Sleman suffered a narrow 2-3 defeat to Persiraja Banda Aceh in the second week of Liga 1 2021 at the Madya Stadium, Senayan, Central Jakarta, Saturday (11/9/2021).
After the match, PSS Sleman coach, Dejan Antonic, spoke up.
Dejan Antonic admitted that he was disappointed with the defeat received by PSS Sleman.
According to him, PSS Sleman actually has a chance to win over Persiraja Banda Aceh.
Persiraja Banda Aceh took the lead through Leonardo Silva Lelis in the fifth minute.
PSS Sleman responded quickly by equalizing through Irfan Bachdim’s hard kick in the 31st minute.
At the beginning of the second half, PSS Sleman had returned to 2-1 through goals from Irkham Zahrul Mila.
In the 68th minute Persiraja Banda Aceh was awarded a penalty kick which was successfully executed by Pulo Henrique.
Five minutes to the end of the match, Pulo Henrique scored his second goal and brought Persiraja Banda Aceh to a 3-2 win over PSS Sleman.
The score lasted until the game was over.
“Of course we are disappointed because we had a very good chance to score one more goal and should have finished the game with a positive result,” said Dejan Antonic.
“We were wrong twice and I don’t believe we can do that from a penalty awarded by a foreign player.”
“We have to keep our heads up and keep our spirits up,” said Dejan Antonic.
Dejan Antonic appreciates the performance that has been done by PSS Sleman players.
The former Persib Bandung coach promised to improve the shortcomings that were still felt at PSS Sleman.
The third week of Liga 1 2021 PSS Sleman has been awaited by Arema FC.
PSS Sleman must maximize the match in order to get perfect points.
“We will keep fighting and have to improve going forward.”
“Hopefully we can do better against Arema FC,” said Dejan Antonic.
Dejan Antonic also considers that the condition of the players is still not 100 percent.
Physical is still the main problem in the team called the Javanese Eagle.
“This defeat may be a stamina factor, because the players are tired and start to lose focus,” concluded Dejan Antonic.