The statistics make for grim reading: The LionsXII have collected only three wins from their eight matches in all competitions this season, with two of those victories coming against lowly opposition in the Malaysia FA Cup.
The Singapore outfit have been winless in their last five Malaysian Super League matches, with their last victory coming in the season-opening 5-3 win over PDRM FA.
This, despite putting up decent performances such as the spirited 0-0 away draw with highly-rated Felda United and the valiant effort against Malaysia Cup champions Pahang in their last outing before going down 2-3.
Coach Fandi Ahmad admitted that results have not been ideal, but he insisted it is only a matter of time before his men start putting up wins on the board.
Speaking to The Straits Times ahead of the first leg of the Malaysia FA Cup quarter-final against Johor Darul Ta'zim II (JDT II) at the Jalan Besar Stadium tonight, he said: "I can't ask for more from the players. They have been giving their all and, to me, the performances have been good.
"We are creating chances and scoring goals but things just have not been going our way.
"But I am confident that the results will come. We need to keep working hard and continue our performances."
In the first round of the FA Cup, the LionsXII emerged 4-0 winners over PB Melayu Kedah, a side who compete in the Malaysia FAM League, the country's third division, before registering an identical 4-0 victory in the second round over Spa Putrajaya FC, who compete in the second-tier Malaysian Premier League.
With the Cup competition looking to be a much-needed respite from the disappointing results in the league, the LionsXII will be gunning for victory this evening.
JDT II met the LionsXII last season in the group stages of the Malaysia Cup, winning 2-1 at home before holding Fandi's men to a 2-2 draw at the Lions' den.
With the second-tier side boasting Singapore national captain Shahril Ishak and stalwart Baihakki Khaizan in their ranks, Fandi is wary of his opponents.
He said: "We need to win convincingly. It does not matter if they are from the first division or the second, we must do our best. "We want to take a good result into the second leg."
This article was first published on April 8, 2015.
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