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'It was an important victory' - A visibily delighted Eagles coach V Kanan after defeating the Young Lions

'It was an important victory' - A visibily delighted Eagles coach V Kanan after defeating the Young Lions

Zeng Liwei

Geylang coach V Kanan was delighted with the win over the Young Lions while his counterpart Robin Chitrakar cut a solemn figure after yet another defeat

Following his team’s win over the Young Lions in a match involving the S.League’s bottom two clubs, Geylang coach V Kanan was delighted with the morale boosting win.

Speaking at the post-match conference, Kanan said that this win was important to boost his team’s morale going forward into the season.

“This win was very very important, following our last two matches, especially the previous game’s loss [to Tampines Rovers], the boys were a bit down” he said.

Commenting on his strategy for this game, Kanan said that he was aware the Young Lions side would employ the long ball tactic.

“I know how the Young Lions will play. We needed the win so we played defensively and patiently so we can make the space [to score] and we did with two set pieces” Kanan reflected.

Looking forward to the Eagles’ next match versus Gombak United, Kanan fancied his team’s chances and commented that his players “will be on a high” going into that game after this win.

In contrast, Courts Young Lions coach Robin Chitrakar appeared solemn and was clearly unhappy with the result.

“It was definitely very disappointing, especially to concede two goals through freekicks. The entire team should defend and do a better job” he lamented.

Commenting on the absence of star player Jonathan Toto from the starting eleven, Chitrakar revealed that there have been some issues with the player’s registration permit.

“We definitely have to resolve this issue before [Toto] can start playing again. He is one of the many players that we missed tonight.”

On his team’s winless streak thus far in the League, the ex-Singapore international remained optimistic and acknowledged that it is a matter of time before his team gets the first win under their belt.

“These boys are very young, and most of them are making their debuts in the S.League, so they need time.”

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