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The defender was delighted with his team's performance, bouncing back from the 1-0 defeat last Saturday, while Shaiful Esah believes it's a well-deserved break for Lions now

In what LionsXll coach V. Sundramoothy described as the best match of the season, the Lions demolished PKNS FC in a 5-0 win at the Jalan Besar Stadium.

Despite losing their unbeaten away-match record to the same opponent last Saturday with a 1-0 scoreline, the Lions were back to their best at home.

The backline of the Lions were the heroes of the night as they recorded three goals between themselves in the first-half and it came from Safuwan Baharudin, Shaiful Esah and Sevki Sha’Ban respecitvely.

Under-fire striker Agu Casmir finally broke his duck as well when he hit a brace in the second-half to wrap up the game.

Speaking to Singapore after the game with a huge smile on his face, Sevki said: “The morale is back to normal now. After the defeat [last Saturday against PKNS], we know we can do better and so it’s a sweet revenge." 

But the former Geylang United player was in mixed emotion despite getting on the scoresheet.

“I feel happy that I scored for the team but in a way I was disappointed tonight because I got an injury early into the game," he said.

“I felt a pull when I was running in the first fifteen minutes but I told myself to hold on until half-time but I couldn’t, thus making the substitution [at the 38th minute].”

After scoring his first goal of the season, the defender did a cradle celebration with his team-mates and he explained that it was dedicated to his wife as they were expecting their second child soon.   

“It’s for my wife, I dedicated it to my wife," said a beaming Sevki.

"We are expecting a second child due on June.”

Shaiful, who was deadly throughout the match with his free-kick, grabbing a goal and an assist in the process, he believed that what’s most important is that the team won and walked away with three points tonight.

 “I am happy [with getting a goal and assist] but that’s not the point, the main point is that we got the three points and the team benefited from it," said Shaiful.

The left-back was also happy for teammate Agu who finally scored after so long. Shaiful said: “I am glad that he scored, he has been working hard and trying to score."

“He felt the pressure before this but after these two goals, I think the pressure is released.”

The 25-year-old then concluded and said: “Everybody did well and gave more them 100% even though the team is tired, but after this we have a well-deserved [two-week] break and so we will rest well and visit Kelantan [on 4th May] and try to beat them.”