|FROM CHOA CHU KANG STADIUM
By Khalis Rifhan
Warriors FC came out victorious in the clash of the basement teams as a brace from Erwan Gunawan and a third goal from Tatsuro Inui secured maximum points for the Choa Chu Kang-based club against Courts Young Lions on Thursday night.
With only a single win in the season prior to the match, one couldn't help but notice the huge smile on Warriors coach V.Selvaraj as referee Farhad Mohd blew the final whistle.
But the delighted expression soon faded away when Selvaraj presented himself to the media for the post-match interview, as he felt that his team was capable of winning by a bigger margin.
“Playing at home, I think we should raise our level and get the three points," he explained.
"We scored three goals but we missed almost another three or four [chances]. In that area, we definitely need to improve. The first half was 2-0 and it could have been four, so sometimes we are putting pressure on ourselves by not converting those chances.
“In the second half, if they had made it 2-1, [then] anything can happen. In the first half, if we had finished those chances and kept the pressure [on them], it would have been good [for us].”
As for Young Lions coach Aide Iskandar, there was plenty of issues that were raised, all the more so after the defeat, which sees them remain rooted to the bottom of the table.
“[It was] not the best performance and I can’t be happy with the result," he said with disappointment.
"For me, the second half was a bit better and I was not happy with the goals that we conceded and we could have defended better. Overall, in general, the defending was not good and we will rectify this in training.
“Obviously [there is] plenty of work for me to do and I have to give credit to the Warriors for the win. They were the hungrier side and looked like they wanted to win this game.
“Our boys were afraid to come out and play and this is something which they have to learn. Hopefully they will come back to training and work hard and look forward to the next game."
Selvaraj was not taking away anything from his players as he felt they sweated it out for the victory, but said that his opposite number got it all wrong with a lone striker upfront.
“I won’t put [it] that it is [an] easy [win]. Credit to the Young Lions, and [we] give respect to them as well [but] we are definitely a better side," he explained.
“There was not much quality up there [for the Young Lions] and we could see Sherif [El-Masri] was alone. Being a one-man striker, he could not do much as he needed the support.”
The Warriors will next travel to Pasir Gudang Stadium to take on Harimau Muda on March 6, while the Courts Young Lions will pay the Rams a visit at the Woodlands Stadium a day earlier.