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 Goal.com 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.”