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Vallee: We achieved one of our objectives

Vallee: We achieved one of our objectives

Muhammad Farhan

The halcyon Frenchman was delighted his side managed to reach one of their aims with victory, while beaten Tampines coach Nenad Bacina still feels his team are the ones to beat

Tanjong Pagar United welcomed Tampines Rovers to the Queenstown Stadium and finally recorded their first home win of the season on Sunday night.

A second half strike from Kamel Ramdani saw Patrick Vallee’s side beat the Stags 1-0 in a game of tactical defending.

The Frenchman, with a trademark smile smeared across his face, was a happy man at the post-match press conference.

“Tonight one team played football," he declared.

“Tampines Rovers played well but Tanjong Pagar deserved to win because my players did well to stick with plan.”

The Jaguars were uncharacteristically more defensive against the Stags and Vallee openly admitted that it was his strategy going into the game.

“We achieved one of our objectives this season and it was to obtain at least 20 points from the first 10 games,” he added.

“It was a very good game for the S.League and the result could have gone either way.

“I am very happy with the conclusion but there is no time to celebrate as we have a tough game against Balestier Khalsa this Wednesday."

Stags boss Nenad Bacina however was not as upset as expected after his side faced back-to-back defeats, following their loss to Kelantan FA in the AFC Cup last time out.

“It is very difficult to play against a team that is very defensive and Tanjong Pagar were good at doing that tonight,” he said.

Despite the defeat, the Croatian felt that his team controlled the game and were more aggressive.

“The goal we conceded was due to a misunderstanding in the defence and this is not a sign of things falling apart," he calmly explained.

“We were missing several key players like Shahdan Sulaiman, Ismadi Mukthar and Firdaus Kasman who would have added more creativity to find the goals."

Before he left the room, Bacina pointed out that Tampines are still confident of winning the title as they are still at the top of the league, and will be the team for the rest to chase.

The Stags’ next match will be a home game versus Geylang International, while second-placed Tanjong Pagar will take on Balestier Khalsa at the Toa Payoh Stadium.

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