Fandi wants win to erase erratic form

Fandi wants win to erase erratic form
The LionsXII, training on Thursday for tomorrow's MSL match against the visiting T-Team, can extend their winning streak to three.

The only consistency in reigning Malaysian Super League champions LionsXII's campaign so far has been their inconsistency.

The Singapore side have won just four of their nine matches and have yet to win more than two consecutive games.

But Fandi Ahmad's side could turn the corner tomorrow when they host fourth-from-bottom T-Team at Jalan Besar Stadium.

The two straight wins have given them confidence, said coach Fandi, who is looking to give their fans a lift.

"We want the three points, we know we can get a win and we will go for it," he said.

Victory will not only give them a third straight victory but also serve as a good omen in their quest to retain the title.

The last time the LionsXII had three wins in a row last season, it sparked a 16-game unbeaten run that culminated in them being crowned league champions.

However, these records mean nothing to the team this year, said vice-captain Safuwan Baharudin.

"The senior players like myself are stepping up to remind the boys that the game and result (are) more important than any record," said the 22-year-old.

"We all know the job we have to do and that is to keep winning."

Echoing his thoughts was winger Gabriel Quak who believes in the present rather than the past.

Said the 23-year-old: "It's a short league and things can change very quickly so it's important for us to keep winning to maintain our momentum."

Even with a win against T-Team, who have lost on both their previous visits here, Fandi does not believe this would count as a turning point in their season.

He said: "A successful season is not just about winning three games in a row.

"We have got to win more games, including the tough ones away from home.

"There is still a lot to play for so we cannot be complacent and take things for granted."

terong@sph.com.sg


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