Fandi unsatisfied despite comfortable LionsXII victory

LionsXII coach Fandi Ahmad feels that his team could have done better on Saturday evening, despite their comfortable 4-0 Malaysia FA Cup win over KL SPA Putrajaya.

“We played in patches during the game,” he told reporters at the post-match press conference.

“Some interchange of passes and play in attack were brilliant.

“We stuck to our game plan and pressed early, but after we were ahead 2-0, we were complacent in our play so it was not so good.”

REPORT Malaysia FA Cup: LionsXII 4 KL SPA Putrajaya 0

After witnessing a goal glut against the hapless second-tier side, he called on his players to translate their cup form into more consistent league performances.

“Tonight we played with no pressure, so we were able to play our game,” he said.

“We should start converting more chances that we have created.

“We could have put more away, but some players were indecisive in their final ball or shot in the last third.”

Fandi was satisfied with how Christopher van Huizen and Sahil Suhaimi made the most of their opportunities in the starting eleven this evening, although he conceded there was room for improvement.

“Chris was not bad and started well, but because he was perhaps too keen to impress, so his passes occasionally ended up being too heavy for his teammates to reach,” he said.

“Sahil has been trying hard and slowly he will get better. He has worked hard and got himself into better goal scoring positions.”

He remained coy on the prospect of fielding a two-prong attack of Khairul Amri and Sahil on a more regular basis in the league.

“Whether Sahil will start or not, it’s our secret. He’s our weapon and I am thinking the best for the team, not for me, not for you and not for him,” he said.

Fandi also hoped Amri’s brace would propel him into a run of great goal scoring form in a hectic April for LionsXII.

“Amri scored, but to me, he was average. He was trying hard working on his link-up play, and with the goals, he could get the momentum to get into a goalscoring run,” he said.

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