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The under-fire Serbian pointed out that injuries cost the Lions the match and the players had given their best

The Philippines recorded only their second win over Singapore at the Jurong West Stadium on Friday night as they defeated the home side 2-0. The Azkals last victory was back in June of 1972.

For Singapore coach Raddy Avramovic, the defeat could have been avoided.

“We lost the game and I feel somewhat disappointed but we can’t blame the players as they did try very hard (to win the match)," bemoaned the Serbian coach.

"I think we started well in the first 25 minutes and dominated every part of the game. We were building up our play, keeping possession and creating chances.

“We did not have the opportunity to practice together much with this team. There are players that are just coming back from injury while others are still out injured.

“I hope we do not have any more injuries. I am sure that if Duric was here, (Khairul) Amri is playing and also Jumaat Jantan, it could have been different.”

Raddy also took responsibility for the second goal that his team conceded as, looking back, he felt that he could have made a substitution earlier.

“Safuwan Baharudin just returned from injury and I had planned to bring him in only for 30 minutes of the game," he explained.

"But I made a mistake at halftime when I should have replaced Hariss Harrun with Safuwan. Hariss got a problem with his knee and maybe that’s why they got the second goal. It might be different if Safuwan was there.

“What I think this team needs, is to improve on certain things and this can only happen when we are together and when we go through preparations over the next three games. That will be enough for us.”

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