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After captain Shahril Ishak had fired the LIONSXII ahead at the Jalan Besar Stadium in the 10th minute, Shakir Hamzah headed home a corner in the 29th minute before Fazrul Nawaz did the same six minutes later to round off a comfortable evening for the hosts.
The victory was enough to keep the Singaporean side top of the table a point ahead of ATM with a game in hand, but it wasn't just the result that was pleasing to Sundramoorthy but also the fuss free manner of it, especially with a much tougher assignment coming up against Pahang at the Darulmakmur Stadium.
"Basically, the contest was more or less over in the first half once we got the three goals," he said.
"We wanted to score more but the most important thing is that we have all the players ready for Pahang. No one is suspended and everyone is ready.
"We have one or two injuries but we needed to tune up for what is a very important game. Our focus is now on Pahang.
"They are very strong at home but I must say they are beatable. It all depends on whether or not we play the right kind of game."
With six games left to go in the campaign, the LIONSXII are edging ever closer to winning the title in just their second season playing in the Super League, but Sundramoorthy insists much of his focus remains on grooming his talented crop of youngsters for what is arguably a bigger prize - the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games at the end of the year.
"The boys are growing in confidence and they know what it's like to churn out the results week in, week out," the former Singapore star added.
"Once they grow in confidence, they start to play better football and once they know how to play better football, they start to win games. When they win games, it can only be a good thing for Singapore football.
"We've always started with three to four overage players but never all five. This is to give all the players a run out and let's see how we fare [at the SEA Games] in December.
"At the end of the day, we are preparing these young boys for the SEA Games. It was important to give someone like Khai[rulhin] Khalid a few minutes today [Saturday] playing in front of a 6,000 to 7,000-strong crowd - this will get him ready for future games."
T-Team interim coach Che Ku Marzuki, who is currently in charge of the side in the enforced absence of Peter Butler, admitted poor defending cost them dearly on Saturday.
"Firstly, I must say congratulations to LIONSXII," he said. "In the first half, I told my players to be extra careful with set-pieces, especially in corner kicks because I know Baihakki [Khaizan] is tall and a real threat.
"But in the first half, all three of the goals came from such situations. In the second half, I changed things and asked the players to play a short-passing game and you can see how it worked better for us.
"But it's the mentality of our defenders that's the problem. Even when we lost to PKNS [FC] and Terengganu, it's due to the same reason - our mentality when it comes to defending."
It does not get any easier for T-Team as they are next in action on Friday when they entertain big-spending Darul Takzim, who are currently third on the table.
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