Fandi Ahmad did not mince his words as his side were edged out by a Philippines team whose quality was telling.
“The goal we conceded was very sloppy defensively and it was from a throw-in.”
When asked if the travelling affected his team’s performance, Fandi was quick to not make that an excuse.
“We recovered quite okay but towards the end of the game I believed the fatigue affected us.”
“I thought were a little jaded but of course it’s no excuse as these types of situations are the requirements of the tournament. In the last 20 minutes especially it was obvious as our players lacked mobility.”
Singapore will now face Timor Leste next and the Lions will have to re-adjust if they are to win the game.
“Timor Leste is a different team from Philippines. They have very fast and nippy players, similar to Indonesia . We need to adapt to that.”