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The Johor Darul Takzim centre-back shared the spoils with his former team-mates in their first reunion and vows that his new team will improve as the season goes along

Johor Darul Takzim centre-back Baihakki Khaizan had to settle for a share of the spoils with his former team-mates after a 2-2 draw with the LionsXII on Tuesday night.

The 29-year-old Singapore international had to endure a rousing fight-back from two goals down by the visitors and admitted his disappointment at the failure to see out the match after it was over.

"We were unlucky on certain occasions, we got the two goals and then..." he trailed off at the post-game press conference.

"But I know this [LionsXII] team very well, their never-say-die attitude is always there whatever the scoreline is."

Baihakki will certainly know what he was talking about, having spent two years with the LionsXII, and he was happy to see his friends on the pitch.

"It was a great game and a great feeling getting to meet all the boys again," he told Goal Singapore at the mixed zone.

"There’s a connection, but we are professionals and we must go on. I just take them as [with any] other opponents; one day, I’ll come back for national team [duty] as well and we’ll combine again."

The Southern Tigers have not enjoyed the best of starts to the new Malaysia Super League season despite being touted as title favourites, having only picked up four points in their first three games.

But while Baihakki rued the dropped points at home, he is confident his new side will only get better with time.

"I thought it was an exciting game, but we wasted our chances," he admitted.

"In the second half, we tried to slow down the game and tried to get the momentum and find the third goal. We made certain substitutions and it didn’t go well and we accept it, this is football.

"I think in the first half, we had the best first half in all our games so far. I think the team is not at its peak yet and we will be at our best one day; it’s okay, we’ll improve more."

Johor Darul Takzim will next take on T-Team at home in the FA Cup on Saturday.

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