Malaysia Cup: Double whammy

Malaysia Cup: Double whammy

The unbeaten home record may have stayed intact but, for V Sundramoorthy, the draw felt like a defeat.

While the LionsXII coach obligingly took pictures with fans even after seeing his side lose the lead twice to drop two precious points against bogey team Kedah on Tuesday night, he did not mince his words in the post-match press conference.

Even though the LionsXII extended their unbeaten home streak to 17 games, the 47-year-old was far from happy.

He said: "When opponents take points away from Jalan Besar, it always feels like a loss to us." The 6,890 fans have every reason to feel aggrieved in a particularly aggressive match, especially when their team were within minutes of beating Kedah, only for Shakir Hamzah to kick Syafiq Ahmad in the face and give away an injury-time penalty which Alen Guc converted.

The Singaporean side failed to qualify for the Malaysia Cup final last season in similar circumstances. They were leading ATM FA 2-1 on aggregate in the semi-final, when Marlon James popped up with the equaliser seven minutes into additional time and the Malaysian outfit prevailed in the penalty shoot-out.

Before Tuesday night match, Sundram had hoped for a perfect home record in the group stages to ensure a smooth passage to the quarter-finals, only to be derailed by this 2-2 draw.

Furthermore, Perak beat Sarawak 2-1 in an equally eventful match, where play was suspended due to crowd unrest, to put LionsXII in third place in Group D.

"It won't be easy for us now as we have to go to Sarawak, Perak and Kedah and get points," Sundram said.

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