The Tampines Rovers’ coach was ready for a well-rested Harimau Muda and was glad to have come out with full three points while the Young Tigers' boss wanted more from his boys.
Tampines Rovers entertained Harimau Muda at the Clementi Stadium and came out 2-1 winners.
Aleksander Duric and Shahdan Sulaiman found the net for the Stags while the Young Tigers pulled one back late in the game through Akmal Ishak.
Nenad Bacina came prepared with a rotated line-up having played four games in a short two weeks.
He said after the match that he never underestimated the Malaysian side and knew that if given half a chance, the Young Tigers will capitalise.
“We expected a physical game seeing that Harimua Muda had a four-week break coming into this game," said Bacina.
“My players controlled the game and created more than Harimau Muda, they didn’t have many chances. I’m happy for the players who did well to get the three points.
“Amri was disappointed to have failed to find the net but I told him to stay motivated and maybe he can score in the next match."
On his side sitting at the top of the table, Bacina added: “Table positions don’t mean much but I need more time to celebrate with the team.”
Razip Ismail, on the other hand, despite the loss, was still smiling after the game.
After coming out of a four-week break Razip said: “I am disappointed with the outcome of the match as I wanted at least a point from this game.”
“Overall, I think my players did well but the lack of concentration allowed Tampines Rovers to score twice in the second half."
The Young Tigers’ coach however, was pleased to see his strategy work in the first half where the home side were not able to score.
He said: “The players did well to follow my strategy and were unlucky to have a good chance blocked off the line.”
A rather dejected Razip conceded that his players could have done better.
Harimau Muda now have gone three games without a victory and will play Balestier Khalsa in Pasir Gudang on March 28 and, Tampines Rovers will next face Home United this Friday at the Jalan Besar Stadium.