Malaysian Super League: Fandi's men fail to impress

Malaysian Super League: Fandi's men fail to impress
LionsXII footballer Khairul Amri (No. 19) trying to keep the ball in play after his team-mate Safuwan Baharudin’s (not in picture) header hits the crossbar, but he is flagged offside in the Malaysian Super League (MSL) match against Sarawak at the Jalan Besar Stadium on 14 June 2014. The match ended goalless.

LionsXII coach Fandi Ahmad didn't have to say a lot last night - his reaction when he faced the press said it all.

When the 52-year-old was asked what he thought of his team's performance in their 0-0 draw with Sarawak in their Malaysian Super League (MSL) match at the Jalan Besar Stadium, he closed his eyes, shook his head and puffed out his cheeks.

"We didn't play our best football, but we created chances and should have won," he said.

"Whether it's luck or not, we simply could not finish.

"That's the story of our season."

Last night's draw meant the LionsXII avoided a ninth defeat of the season, but there was little else that was positive about the outcome.

Eighth in the 12-team MSL and out of the running for the MSL title, last season's champions had enough about them to see off Sarawak, who had lost two away games on the bounce.

They started the game brightly and just 58 seconds had elapsed when Gabriel Quak saw his shot cleared off the line by Crocs' defender Ronny Harun.

But that was as good as it got for the home side, who put on an insipid performance.

Their poor showing was typified by a counter-attacking move in the 17th minute.

Skipper Safuwan Baharudin led a six-versus-four raid into the Sarawak half but, with the visiting defence panicking and back-tracking, the 22-year-old played a poor pass meant for Faris Ramli straight out.

It drew a chorus of boos from the 4,986 fans - the LionsXII's lowest fan turnout at Jalan Besar of the season.

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