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Seladang fell behind at the Jalan Besar Stadium after just eight minutes when Shahril Ishak latched onto a lovely through-ball by Hariss Harun and expertly chipped the onrushing Farizal Marlias, before the LIONSXII captain made it 2-0 in the 58th minute after some awful defending left him with a simple tap-in.
The visitors did pull one back in injury-time when Rafiuddin Roddin's right-wing freekick evaded everyone in the box but made its way into the back of the net, but Azraai admits the one-goal margin did not accurately reflect their opponents' dominance.
"I have to admit my team played very badly," he said. "We conceded two simple goals that don't really make sense.
"We conceded as early as the 8th minute and that was a big setback. I agree our goal was nothing more than a consolation.
"Overall, we lost to a better team and I believe the LIONSXII could have won by a bigger margin."
The 60-year-old, who became the first coach in Malaysian football to win the treble when he led Kedah to triumphs in the Super League, Malaysia Cup and FA Cup in the 2006/07 and 2007/08 seasons, was particularly baffled by the defending that led to the LIONSXII's second.
To begin with, some poor marking allowed Shahfiq Ghani to find space down the left and lay a neat ball into the path of Faris Ramli, who effortlessly burst past Rafael Souza before sending a cross into the six-yard box. The danger appeared to have been halted as Khairi Kiman was perfectly positioned to cut out the delivery, but he inexplicably laid the ball into the path of Shahril, who made no mistake with an emphatic finish from eight yards out.
"I was most disappointed by the way we conceded the goals," Azraai explained. "They were simple mistakes.
"I don't know how my defender [Khairi] can stop the ball for the striker [Shahril] to score.
"There is no doubt that there is a lot of homework that has to be done."
Azraai, ever graceful in defeat, also backed the LIONSXII to challenge for the title, although he believes the leaders will soon find themselves under pressure given the chasing pack are likely to bolster their squads during the upcoming transfer window.
"They are now leading the table after the first half of the season," he added. "If they can maintain what they've been doing, I don't see why the LIONSXII can't go all the way.
"But many teams will be making new signings and the team that want to be champions have to work hard.
"I believe in Sundram [LIONSXII coach V. Sundramoorthy] - he has done very well. He has managed to build a team with a good combination of experienced campaigners and talented young players."
Saturday's defeat leaves Perak languishing 9th on the table and they are just five points ahead of second-from-bottom T-Team.
Azraai admits they could find themselves in deep trouble if they fail to improve soon, but is hopeful the return of a number of injured key players will give their bid to steer clear of the relegation zone a real boost.
"[S.] Chanturu, [V.] Thirumurugan and Nasir [Basharuddin] are recovering from injury and will be back for the second round [of the campaign]," the ex-Negri Sembilan boss revealed.
"Hopefully they'll be able to help us improve as we need to buck up. Otherwise, we'll be in deep trouble."
Seladang are back in Super League action on Friday when they entertain PKNS FC.