Fandi Ahmad's charges have little time to recover from a disappointing home defeat against Sime Darby, as they prepare to face the Malaysia Super League table-toppersLionsXII coach Fandi Ahmad was not a happy man after their shock 1-0 home loss to Sime Darby FC on Saturday, which ended a four-game unbeaten streak and continued their poor home form.
"They should take a look in the mirror," said Fandi of his charges, as he spoke to reporters after the match.
"They are just enjoying being part of the LionsXII, that’s the way I see it because they have got no guts today! They are just going through the motion, which is very bad for me I think!"
The Singapore legend will need every one of his players to perform when they face Malaysia Super League leaders Pahang FA next on Tuesday, as they seek to bounce back from that disappointing defeat.
The LionsXII have won only two of their six games at the Jalan Besar Stadium this campaign, a far cry from when they notched 10 wins and a draw throughout last season's victorious league term.
Fandi will be concerned that his team struggled to even create that many opportunities against Sime Darby, although they would have felt hard done at not getting at least one penalty. Still, the LionsXII have struggled to put the ball in the back of the net this season and there seems to be no solution in sight.
Khairul Amri will likely lead the line as usual while Shahfiq Ghani might be dropped after his poor performance on Saturday. Zulfahmi Arifin looks likely to return to the starting line-up, while it will be a curious decision if Gabriel Quak is left out of the squad again.
Pahang might have lost three of their six away games, but they come into this clash high on morale after stringing five wins in a row. They only conceded twice during that spell and such form has seen them surge to the top of the table.
Furthermore, the league's top scorers will certainly give the LionsXII rearguard a testing time. The chief tormentors will be strike duo Matias Conti and Dickson Nwakaeme, who have five goals each to their name. Midfielder Hafiz Kamal is also capable of providing a goal threat, while compatriot Azhar Sairudin has laid on five assists already.
The LionsXII have already lost twice to Pahang, once in the league opener and the second time in the FA Cup, and they face a tough task to halt that streak on Tuesday.