Salim Moin: They played above expectations

The Woodlands coach was delighted with his team's performance and hopes they carry on the same way
Goals from Sufian Anuar rescued the Warriors’ opening match after falling behind twice to strikes from Soon Moon Ho and S.League debutant, Khalid Hamdoui.

Speaking after the game, Woodlands’ coach, Salim Moin was rather optimistic in his boys’ ability and was confident that fans can expect more to come from his team.

“It was a fantastic good start for the team and I would say that there is more to expect from the team in terms of performance," said Salim.

He was also full of praise for former Ajax academy player, Khalid Hamdoui, adding: “He (Hamdoui) was fantastic today. He did well in terms of distribution, he has good vision on top of being sharp and intelligent. I hope that he will continue doing what he does so Soon Ho would be able to score more goals through the course of this season."

The Rams coach also believed that things would have flowed their way had the penalty been converted and his side played above expectations.

“If the penalty had gone in, we might have won the game,” he lamented.

“I’ve noticed improvements in my team, there is more to come and I have confidence in every player. They played above expectations, especially against a team like the Warriors and I hope they would continue this for our next match against Harimau Muda."

Even though his side fell behind twice, Warriors coach, V. Selvaraj believed that it was a good start for his side in the 2013 S.League campaign

“It is not too bad for a start as we came away with a draw," said the former Singapore international.

"It would have been injustice if we walked away with zero points considering the amount of chances we created.

“Credit goes to the boys for fighting back despite being down twice. Everybody wants to win their first match but the boys showed spirit, which is equally important."

V. Selvaraj also felt that the match was a pretty even affair and that his side missed Croatian striker, Mislav Karoglan on the field.

“It was an even match but overall we created more chances," he pointed out.

"We were just not able to put the ball into the back of the net. I feel that we could have been two or three goals up by the first half.

“Kari (Karoglan) is still our key player but unfortunately he is injured now. What we can do is to help him return stronger. But we do have players like Erwan and Sufian who are lifting their game up; as you can see Sufian scored two goals tonight”

Both teams will be looking for their first win of the season when Woodlands entertain Harimau Muda B at home in their next game while the Warriors will play hosts to Tanjong Pagar United.