Sundram given Singapore selection dilemma after closed door friendly

Singapore head coach V.Sundramoorthy was pleased by the reaction of several fringe players after he gave them a runout in a closed door friendly match against Myanmar.

The Lions drew the game 1-1 at Jalan Besar Stadium on Tuesday evening, with substitutes Nazrul Nazari and Khairul Nizam both coming off the bench to combine for a superb equaliser.

Trailing by Aung Thu’s goal, Singapore conjured up a late goal as Nizam ran down the right flank and crossed for Nazrul to hit a superb first-time volley past Myanmar goalkeeper Kyaw Zin Htet.

Sundram however was left to ponder over his misfiring side, with the Lions wasting several gilt-edged chances once again

“Definitely, morale wise and everything is up. The goal is a boost, and it’s an excellent cross by Nizam and Nazrul who scored a great first-time goal,” Sundram told the media after the game.

“There are other players who are showing me they are up for selection. Nizam came in a few minutes and did something, Nazrul, you know, put himself for selection, so you know players are fighting for their places.”

Sundram however was left to ponder over his misfiring side, with the Lions wasting several gilt-edged chances once again as they did in previous matches, especially at the 2016 AFF Suzuki Cup.

Safuwan Baharudin, who came on at half-time, had at least two clear-cut chances but he was not able to put them away, while Faritz Hameed fluffed at an open goal.

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Nazrul came off the bench to score a superb equaliser

“I think we were the better team today, we had many chances, possession wise and stats wise,” Sundram shared.

“It’s always a concern (not scoring goals), but the most important thing is that we hit the target a few times.

But Taiwan is a different game and different type of team, so we have to pick the right type of players for that game

“On another day we could have scored three; the goalkeeper made an excellent save from Safuwan. How Faritz Hameed missed, I don’t know how he missed that chance, maybe the ball bobbled."

Defence-wise, Sundram was also left concerned by how many times Myanmar were able to go on the counter and broke free of the last man. One of the counters resulted in Aung Thu's 65th-minute opener.

These issues will be foremost on his mind in the trainings to come, as Singapore take on Taiwan in their next Asian Cup qualifier on Saturday at Jalan Besar Stadium.

“Obviously we still need to score goals, that’s the only way we are going to win games,” Sundram added.

“But it’s a different game and different type of team, so we have to pick the right type of players for that game. Chinese Taipei (Taiwan) are a very organised team and I feel that they play good football.”

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