Toothless LionsXII disappoint

Toothless LionsXII disappoint
Khairul Amri (above) duelling with Ryan Griffiths at the Jalan Besar Stadium. The 0-0 stalemate means the LionsXII are now eighth in the 12-team standings with 25 points after 19 games. Leaders Johor Darul Takzim have 38 points

Another match, another uninspired performance, another two points dropped.

Not for the first time this year, the LionsXII were made to pay for a lack of sharpness in front of goal in a goalless draw against Sarawak at the Jalan Besar Stadium.

"There goes our season," lamented coach Fandi Ahmad, whose side have now dropped 15 out of a possible 30 points on home soil during this Malaysian Super League (MSL) campaign.

"We created chances and should have won, but in terms of decision-making in the final third, the maturity is still not there."

It resulted in a frustrating evening for the 4,986 fans in attendance - the lowest for the LionsXII in the league this season - who at times got on the backs of their own players.

With his side struggling for goals, Fandi attempted to inject some attacking impetus by deploying winger Gabriel Quak in a free role behind striker Khairul Amri.

The move almost paid instant dividends.

Less than a minute had passed when Quak got on the end of Faris Ramli's cross, only to see his goalbound effort was stopped on the line by Ronny Harun.

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