By Gabriel TanFollow @@gabetan13
Leading 1-0 since the 11th minute after captain Shahril Ishak opened the scoring with a brilliant freekick, the LIONSXII were set to claim all three points at the Darulmakmur Stadium until the fourth minute of injury-time, when Damion Stewart nodded the ball across the face of goal for Azamuddin Akil to equalise with a diving header.
The result meant the Singaporean outfit could only extend their lead at the top of the table to two points, and the missed opportunity proved a bigger waste 24 hours later when closest challengers ATM fell to a shock 2-1 defeat at home to Negri Sembilan.
Nonetheless, Sundramoorthy insists he is content with his side's display and the result, given it was always going to be a tough task to pick up all three points away to Pahang.
"It's never over until the last kick of the game," he said. "I'm proud of the boys as they hung on and fought on and defended very well.
"Our mistake was that we let them put a lot of crosses into the box. Eventually, we were punished by one cross.
"We're talking about the 93rd, 94th minute when bodies are tired - the players are ony human. Even at the top level, mistakes are made but my boys have done great.
"To come to Kuantan where there's a 30,000 crowd supporting the home team and get a point; if you had told me before the game that would be the result I would have taken it.
"We know how furious their attacks are; they come at teams wave after wave and it's not easy to contain them."
The legendary Singapore international admitted he was aware of Tok Gajah's recent history of scoring injury-time goals, and conceded his side could have led by more than a goal given the chances they had in the first half.
"We know they are capable of scoring late goals but I didn't think it would actually be with the last kick of the game!" Sundramoorthy added.
"We had our chances and we'll have to do some work with our finishing and we'll just move on.
"There's five games left [in the campaign] and a draw and a win is a big difference now. We had opportunities to extend our lead but we didn't but I'm not disappointed.
"I think we should focus on [the upcoming game against] PKNS FC and try to get the three points in that game."
LIONSXII can move five points clear at the top of the table if they manage to beat PKNS at the Jalan Besar Stadium on May 27.
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