Woodlands Wellington travelled to Queenstown Stadium to take on third-placed Tanjong Pager United and fought to a 1-1 draw on Thursday night.
The game only escalated in the last 10 minutes of the game when Chang Jo Yoon broke the deadlock, before a goalkeeping error one minute later allowed Monsef Zerka to score the equalizer for the home side.
Jaguars coach Patrick Vallee was disappointed with his side's failure to get a home win, but jokingly said that it was fine.
“Even if we don’t win at home, it’s okay – we draw here and we’ll win our away fixtures!” he jested.
The Frenchman found it difficult to select a suitable squad as he was dealing with four missing players on top of a tight schedule, with two injured and another two suspended.
“This is our third game in 10 days and even though we were tired, I think we deserved to win," Vallee explained.
“The defenders made a mistake and that allowed the goal to go in.
“However, I am very happy that we equalised immediately and anything better than a loss is good enough for me.”
His opposite number, Salim Moin, congratulated his team for bringing home a point against a tough opponent during the post-match conference, although he believes they are capable of more.
“They played according to my plan, but I think they can play better," he stated.
“The three centrebacks complemented one another and given more time, they can only get better.”
Salim explained his tactics when he replaced goalkeeper Ahmadulhaq Che Omar with Fearghus Lyle at the start of the second period.
“Ahmadulhaq was delaying too much, as he had, on several occasions, the chance to set up a break but he didn’t,” he pointed out, adding that the goal wasn’t Fearghus’s fault as he is inexperienced.
The Woodlands boss then lauded Chang, the goalscorer, for his tenacity upfront.
“He has an instinct for the target and managed to get a good goal but sometimes he works too hard and gets tired,” Salim remarked.
Tanjong Pagar’s next game will be an away fixture against the Courts Young Lions while Woodlands will welcome Geylang United to the Woodlands Stadium.