|FROM BEDOK STADIUM
By Eddie Ridzwan
Home United rallied to their second consecutive victory while Geylang International succumbed to their second straight loss at the same time in a match that ended 3-1 in favour of the Bishan-based outfit on Saturday night at the Bedok Stadium.
Victorious coach Lee Lim Saeng was a calm figure despite the win, and praised his team for battling well.
“It is always difficult to overturn a deficit," he pointed out.
"After that [conceding], I rallied the players, assured them to not worry and just keep playing as it is our war to fight."
The Korean refused to see the win as an indicator that his side are back on track after a wretched start to their campaign that saw them collect only one point from three games.
“We still have a lot of games to play and I want to remain humble," Lee said.
"We need to continue working hard. I still think we can show better performances in the coming future.”
Lee was also full of praise for midfielder Song Ui Young, who scored to give Home the lead and laid on the third for Jordan Webb to seal victory.
“I had a plan to use Song in the S.League but unfortunately he had issues with his hamstring [during the first few games]," he explained.
"But it is now great that he can play. I think he played really well. Hopefully he keeps to that form and fulfill his dream of becoming a national player.”
With a visibly bandaged hand from a recent injury that nearly saw him lose fingers, Geylang coach Vedhamuthu Kanan seemed rather displeased with the result.
“We started very well; we restricted their forwards, the boys played to instructions [and] we created three clear-cut chances in the first half, in which we scored one," he said.
"Jozef [Kaplan] had two great opportunities and Yasir [Hanapi] of course scored the goal.
“I didn’t mention anything particular in the changing room, except to ask them to be more disciplined, patient and aggressive. Unfortunately, within the first five minutes [after the break], they got the equalizer."
Kanan lamented his side's lack of experience, as he referred to the way the players reacted after conceding.
“In football when you or your team score goals your confidence level goes up and when you miss easy chances, your confidence will be affected," he reflected.
"When Jozef [Kaplan] missed the two sitters, it was still alright as we were a goal up. But the moment we conceded the equalizer, I think he went down together with the young boys.
“We are really lacking in experience. We only have players like Jozef to come out and lead the youngsters. The young boys need more games and experience so I believe as the league progresses, we will get better."
The Protectors will next face reigning champions Tampines Rovers in a Friday night ‘Live’ match at Jalan Besar Stadium, while Geylang will travel to Bandar Seri Begawan to take on Brunei DPMM FC.