Where's the bite lions?

Where's the bite lions?
Lions international (From left) Sahil Suhaimi, Adam Swandi, Khairul Amri and Zulfahmi Arifin.

SINGAPORE   1
(Khairul Amri 2)
LAOS            0

Drained, disinterested and devoid of attacking threat.

That is how one could describe the performances of both Laos and Singapore at the Jalan Besar Stadium last night.

However, Singapore coach Bernd Stange still had something to smile about.

A Khairul Amri goal gave the Lions a 1-0 win over a Laos side playing their second game in the space of three days - after beating a Singapore B team 2-1 on Tuesday - and with just one player over the age of 23 in their starting lineup.

The victory snapped the Lions' threegame losing streak after losses to Oman, China and Hong Kong.

"This is not good enough, but we managed both targets that we wanted (to achieve) in this game - to beat a team that are on our level, and play (up to) 11 players who are available for the Southeast Asia Games," said Stange. "I was very pleased with how we played in the first 30 minutes... but we couldn't keep playing like that for a long time."

Khairul scored off a Hafiz Abu Sujad cross in the second minute, but otherwise, Singapore looked a largely toothless side that struggled to build up play from the back.

Singapore will face Syria next Tuesday in an Asian Cup qualifier, and Stange made it clear that fitness and quality of passing need to be improved.

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