Despite conceding a late equaliser via an own goal, the Eagles head coach was happy with his team's performance against Albirex
Geylang Coach Kanan Vedhamuthu would have happily taken a draw before the match against Albirex Niigata on Friday.
But seeing his side throw away a lead in stoppage time of the match at Jalan Besar Stadium, Kanan was left to rue two points lost instead of one gained.
He told reporters after the match: “We deserved to win the match. But I’ve got to admit they were too good for us in the first half.
“They had lots of possession but to be honest they didn’t create much chances. So it’s a pity we lost two points.
“In the first half I told the boys to be disciplined and see how the match goes but it didn’t work as Albirex were too good. We were scared to hold the ball and were losing possession too easily.
“So I gave them a thrashing during half-time and told them to play with more confidence and hold the ball more. And I’m proud of our performance and to be honest I would have been happy even if we lost the game because we played really well.”
Albirex coach Koichi admitted he was surprised that Kawakami scored two but insisted he is not affected by former players playing against his team.
He said: “I was surprised that Nori scored two goals. I don’t think its difficult playing against former players but he played a good game."
“I thought we could get three points after going 1-0 up so I told my team to hold the ball. But I have to give credit to Geylang, they didn’t give up and so didn't we.“I believe the foundation of the team is there now and we have to move on to the next level.”