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Wrong to focus on Lions' goal drought against Philippines: Avramovic

Published on Dec 11, 2012 5:33 PM
 
Singapore footballer Shahdan Sulaiman (right, in red) fails to shoot through the desperate Filipino defending during the first leg of the AFF Suzuki Cup semi-final against the Philippines held in Manila on 6 Dec 2012. The match ended in a goalless draw. Singapore has not scored against the Philippines in their last three matches, but Lions coach Raddy Avramovic is not worried by the statistic ahead of their Asean Football Federation Suzuki Cup semi-final second-leg clash. -- NP PHOTO:  KELVIN CHNG

Singapore has not scored against the Philippines in their last three matches, but Lions coach Raddy Avramovic is not worried by the statistic ahead of their Asean Football Federation Suzuki Cup semi-final second-leg clash.

"I don't like that type of negative thinking," he told reporters at a pre-match press conference on Tuesday.

"The team has shown great character and we should recognise that. Whether we score goals or not is down to moments in the game. To focus on that part, I think is wrong."

Saturday's 0-0 stalemate in Manila meant that a scoring draw at the Jalan Besar Stadium on Wednesday will send the Philippines through to their first AFF Cup final on the away goals rule.

But Avramovic, who led Singapore to two Asean titles in 2004 and 2007, prefers to focus on the positive.

"I was really happy with the attitude of the players in the first game," said the Serb. "I just hope that we have the quality and experience to go to the final."

Tickets for Wednesday's game at Jalan Besar are sold out. The match kicks off at 8pm and will be screened live on MediaCorp Ch 5 and ESPN Star Sports.

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