Watching from the stands, V.Sundramoorthy had to helplessly endure the sight of his Singapore U23 team crash 2-0 to Myanmar U23 in the final group game of the Merdeka Cup on Wednesday night.
Having served his one-match suspension for his ejection from the previous game against Thai Selection, the LionsXII coach will return to the hotseat when his side battle the same team to avoid finishing last in the four-team tournament.
Three straight defeats with no goals scored, the dismal run of the team has not dampened Sundram's mood, who, speaking to the competition's official site, stated his desire to press on and salvage a disastrous outing.
“It is not over until it is over," he told pestabolamerdeka.my. “There is still work to be completed."
Speaking about the match against Myanmar, Sundram highlighted the squad rotation, some by choice while others enforced, as in the case of goalkeepers Izwan Mahbud (injury) and Syazwan Buhari (National Service),
"I think we had a good game against Myanmar but the goals were not coming," he said optimistically.
"We made several changes to the line-up and I am happy with the performance of several players who gave their best."
On the team's 3rd/4th place match on Saturday evening, Sundram added: “The players are fired-up for the match against Thailand on Saturday. The team spirit is high and nothing has changed."
The Malaysia Super League winning coach is expected to rotate some of his players to give others a run-out in what is now largely an academic match.
Thailand Selection meanwhile went down 3-0 to Malaysia U23 on Wednesday night and finished third in the group standings, four points above Singapore.