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Malaysia finally beat Singapore

Submitted by Ray Chen on June 13, 2012 - 1:36am

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TNP PICTURE: BENJAMIN SEETOR

This time, there was to be no valiant fightback.

Three times in their last three encounters, the Lions came from behind to salvage at least a draw, but last night at the Shah Alam Stadium, Malaysia finally put one over 10-man Singapore with a resounding 2-0 win to end a 10-match winless streak against their auld rivals.

Despite the 80,000 capacity stadium being less than half full, the Malaysia fans set the tone for a hostile evening when a small pocket did their best to disrupt the Singapore national anthem, and air horns, boos, laser pointers and jeers were all par for the course.

On the pitch, it was obvious that last Friday's 2-2 draw hurt the Tigers more than it did the Lions, and K Rajagobal's men threatened the early goal through Ahmad Shakir Ali, who saw his near-post shot diverted for a corner by Izwan Mahbud.

The 23-year-old Negeri Sembilan hitman wasn't to be denied in the 19th minute though, when he connected with Norshahrul Idlan Talaha's delightful cross to plant an unstoppable header into the top corner.

Singapore responded with Aleksandar Duric showing great strength to hold off Bunyamin Umar, but his shot was saved by Khairul Fahmi Che Mat. That proved to be the only shot on target from the Lions on a dismal night, when the might of the Tigers proved to be too powerful to repel.

Safiq Rahim made it two free-kick goals in two Causeway Derbies when he netted another beautiful curler in the 62nd minute.

Comments

Dear Raddy,

Comparing the way the lions played in both legs of the friendly match with Malaysia. The malaysian team clearly outclassed us. Just look at how 'semangat' and strong they are physically as well as mentally.

They have capable players in every department. And ever since you join FAS and bringing in players like AGU, Daniel Bennett, Mustafic and Duric. Only Duric, to me, have shown consistency, the rest are breaking apart over the last 2 or 3 years.

I think it is time you bring in new capable LOCAL players. In the first half of the first leg of the game, all were LIONS12 players. They played a very disciplined passing game, after the break, game goes all over the place. In the second leg, it was a very poor performance from the players, especially those i've mentioned above.

Come on.......people may have the impression that we are heavily relying on these few players and while i admit that eversince Fandi Ahmad, we do not have capable natural strikers, non of the current strikers have the intelligence or ball skills to beat the defence.

If you are going to stick to these few players, we will not go far in the upcoming Suzuki Competition.

We will beat you (Malaysia) the next time !!

Maybe it is time for the top management to review our coaching and selection process??

Maybe it is time to start afresh ?? emphasising on younger players and the future ??

Many questions, but no strong leadership who dare to make a change for the better.

As one renowned management and motivational guru pointed out years ago, "If we keep doing things the same old way, we will only get the same results every time !!" (this has been paraphrased.)

 

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