Fandi pleased despite PDRM defeat

Despite ending up on the wrong end of a 2-1 result against PDRM on Friday night, LionsXII coach Fandi Ahmad took pride in his side's attacking display.

The Malaysia FA Cup champions were the more dominant side at Shah Alam Stadium, recording more shots and having more possession of the ball as compared to the home side.

However at the final whistle, they were the ones left licking their wounds.

While they missed the opportunity to move into the top half as a result, Fandi preferred to look at the positives after the match.

“Of course I’m disappointed at the result, but I thought in terms of performance, our boys did very well,” he said during his post-match interview.

“We created so many chances especially in the second half, where I thought we camped in their half. For me, their keeper (Badrulzaman Halim) was the man of the match; he saved four to five sure goals. This is football – sometimes even though you played well, results may not come your way.”

With two more games to be played before the Ramadan period ends, Fandi is sweating on the fitness of Zulfahmi Arifin and Safuwan Baharudin.

The head coach revealed that Zulfahmi had suffered an ankle injury during training prior to this game, while Safuwan sustained concussion which required him to be substituted at half time against PDRM.

Having played three games in the last six days, Fandi admitted his side were feeling the exertion. He therefore plans to give the players a couple of days off before regrouping to face Kelantan at home next Saturday.

That will be a repeat of the FA Cup final in late May, which the LionsXII triumphed via two late goals from super-sub Sahil Suhaimi.

“Definitely we’re looking forward to this game and we just hope that there’ll be no more injuries to our team,” the 53-year-old said.

“We’ll give them two days off which can hopefully revitalize them after all this travelling. Then we’ll have about a week to prepare and hopefully everyone will be fresh to play.”

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