SINGAPORE: A full house at the Jalan Besar Stadium brought back strains of the old Kallang Roar as the LionsXII beat Pahang 2—0 to turn around a 2—1 deficit from the first leg of the Malaysia Cup.
Lions coach V Sundramoorthy now wants the diehard fans to return in large numbers at the same venue when the team play Angkatan Tentera Malaysia or ATM in the first leg of the Malaysia Cup semi—finals this Friday
The coach admits crowd support was critical in the Lions’ attacking game against Pahang.
But even with the 7,500 fans cheering and urging the side on to that 2—0 win, Sundram still has a few concerns.
Among them were players who missed out on easy striking opportunities and leaving it a tad too late to seal the victory.
Against ATM, his boys will need to be sharper as their opponents have six Malaysian internationals in the squad.
Sundram said: "ATM have the most budget in the League and I believe they have many good players. For us, the setback is the suspension of our key players. That is going to be a great set—back, and the players on the bench who are going to fill in have to really work very hard against a team like Armed Forces who have good attacking powers."