Perak are yet to taste defeat in the 2015 Malaysia Super League campaign after four games following a 0-0 draw with Kelantan at the Perak Stadium on Friday evening.
Perak, who were destined for relegation last term before four wins in their final six games saw them preserve their top-flight status, were expected by many to struggle again this season.
However, M. Karathu’s charges have surpassed all expectations so far this season after beginning the year with victories over Sime Darby and ATM, before being held to a 2-2 draw by LIONSXII on February 21.
On Friday, they came up against a wounded Kelantan side who were desperate to make amends after being thrashed 4-0 by PDRM in their last league match.
Apart from the presence of foreign stars like Erwin Carrillo and Emmanuel Kenmogne, the Red Warriors line-up also boasted a host of Malaysia internationals like Khairul Fahmi, Badhri Radzi and Ahmad Fakri Saarani.
Still, they were unable to find a way past their opponents as Seladang proved to be more than a match for the visitors, and were ultimately deserving of a share of the spoils.
The result was tentatively enough to take Perak top of the table, although FELDA United, PDRM and Terengganu can overtake them with victories in Saturday’s matches.
Perak: Zamir Selamat, Syazwan Roslan, Arif Ismail, Thiago Junior (Haris Safwan 55’), Idris Ahmad, Nasir Basharuddin, Nor Hakim Isa, Fikri Sudin, Marco Tulio, Nurridzuan Abu Hassan (Ahmad Khairil Anuar 77’), Charles Souza Chad.
Kelantan: Khairul Fahmi, Noor Hazrul Mustafa (Nik Shahrul Azim 78’), Jonathan McKain, Norhafiz Zamani Misbah, Fitri Omar, Ahmad Fakri Saarani, Isaac Pupo, Badhri Radzi (Wan Zack Haikal 78’), Wan Zaharulnizam, Erwin Carrillo, Emmanuel Kenmogne.