Sundram admits title tough for LIONSXII

LIONSXII coach V. Sundramoorthy believes winning the Malaysia Super League will now be a tough ask for his side after they dropped more points against Kedah on Saturday.

The centre-back grabs the LIONSXII's third goal!

By Gabriel Tan

The Singaporean outfit had gone ahead at the Jalan Besar Stadium after just ten minutes when Shahril Ishak poked home from close range, and although Kedah equalised shortly after through Khyril Muhymeen, the hosts looked headed for victory after further strikes from Sufian Anuar and Baihakki Khaizan.

However, two long-range strikes in three second-half minutes from Amar Rohidan and Vedran Gerc saw Hijau-Kuning steal an unlikely share of the spoils.

The result also meant the LIONSXII's lead at the top of the table is now only three points after Kelantan beat PKNS FC 3-0, and the Red Warriors still have four games in hand, making the prospect of a title triumph extremely unlikely, according to Sundramoorthy.

"It was a disappointing result today [Saturday]," he said after the game. "Having led 3-1, to let the lead slip and end up drawing 3-3 was very disappointing.

"It's very tough [for us to win the title now] but we'll keep going. We have to pick ourselves up and try to get more points in the run-in."

The hosts' cause wasn't helped by injuries in the first half to Shahril Ishak and Juma'at Jantan, and the LIONSXII boss believes the exit of the experience duo, along with absent vice-captain Hariss Harun, played a huge part as they became overly reliant on set pieces as their sole avenue to goal.

"It was a big blow to lose Shahril and Juma'at early on in the game, and we also missed Hariss' presence in the middle of the park," Sundramoorthy added. "We had to reorganise the team.

"With the absence of these key players, we needed to rely on specific areas to get our goals. If we had Shahril, Juma'at and Hariss, maybe we could have tried a different avenue."

LIONSXII forward Sufian, who came off the bench for the injured Shahril and grabbed a goal, revealed that morale in the dressing room was extremely low after they let a commanding lead slip.

"We're definitely very disappointed with the result as we really needed the three points today [Saturday] to put the pressure on Kelantan," the 24-year-old admitted.

"Even though we still got one point, we feel like lost the game."

Kedah coach Wan Jamak Wan Hassan paid credit to his side for the fighting spirit they exhibited, and believes a draw was a fair result on the night.

"When we arrived here we were optimistic in our chances of getting a result, but we were also aware that the LIONSXII are a very good team, especially in their own den," Wan Jamak said.

"To record a 3-3 draw after being behind twice is a bonus for us. I think it was a fair result and it was a very good game."

Hijau-Kuning striker Gerc, who laid on an assist for his side's second and scored the all-important equaliser, echoed his coach's sentiments, saying: "We are happy with this one point because LIONSXII are a very good team.

"We came here for one point and we are happy to have got it."

LIONSXII are next in action on Tuesday when they travel to bottom side Kuala Lumpur, while Kedah entertain PKNS.

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