Balestier Khalsa coach Darren Stewart: We didn’t have the luck

The Balestier coach believes that while his side deserved to be two goals down in the first-half, they came back enough to have won a point

Balestier Khalsa coach Darren Stewart said that the loss to Geylang United was "okay" and that he was still optimistic about their progress in the S.League, although he did believe that his side had created enough chances to get a result from the match in the second-half.

Stewart agreed that his team “deserved to be down [2-0]” in the first-half, but said that they definitely played well enough and tested the goalkeeper enough times to warrant a point for his side.

The half-time team talk “seemed to work” for the Balestier players, said Stewart, as well as some tactical changes, including pushing defender and captain Paul Cunningham into a makeshift striker role.

Unfortunately, he said, Balestier just “didn’t have the luck”.

Stewart declined to speak directly about the Balestier midfielder Syed Thaha's sending-off, saying that it was “pointless” to talk about the referees.

Thaha was penalised for stepping on the face of Geylang midfielder Ang Zhiwei, after Ang made a poor challenge on him.

Despite the defeat, however, Stewart believes that the prospects for Balestier remain solid.

“There’s nothing to be totally disappointed about,” he said.

“We are still in a good position [in the S-League].”

The club are joint-leaders in the league standings, even with the defeat to Geylang, although they have played one game more than co-leader Brunei DPMM.