KUALA LUMPUR: Last year's Premier League top scorer Guilherme De Paula left his shooting boots at home after missing a string of chances as KL laboured to a 1-0 win over Felcra on Saturday in their first pre-season game.
The Brazilian's most glaring miss was when he hit the ball into the ground which bounced over the bar with the goal gaping before Ibrahim Syaihul spared De Paula's blushes by netting the winner 14 minutes into the second half.
KL coach Fabio Maciel said he is not overly concerned by the missed chances or the scoreline as he looked to get his team playing flowing football.
"Now is not the time to be worried about the score or missing chances," he said at the Universiti Malaya Arena.
"We had six or seven chances in the first half alone but what I wanted to see is how the team worked together and develop our system."
Maciel started with new signings Indra Putra Mahayuddin in a defensive midfield role, Zaquan Adha Radzak on the left wing and Junior Aparecido behind the strikers.
Aparecido came close to scoring with a free-kick which hit the post before Maciel changed all 11 players for the second half when defenders Saifulnizam Miswan and Firdaus Faudzi made their debut.
Ibrahim connected to a free-kick by Naim Nazmi Zainuddin and hooked the ball into the Premier League side Felcra's net with an audacious flick for the game’s solitary goal.
Maciel said he is happy with how the new signings are combining with the rest of the team and praised 36-year-old Indra for his performance in a rare defensive midfielde role.
"I have two intelligent players in Paulo (Josue) and Junior while Indra is an experienced player who can have a great season in this position," said Maciel. "With the quality of his passing and holding on to the ball, he will not have to run much."