Tampines Rovers coach Nenad Bacina was delighted with his side’s 1-0 win over a “very good” Geylang International side on Thursday evening at the Clementi Stadium.
A second-half Jamil Ali goal was enough to give the Stags a much needed win after their 1-0 defeat to Tanjong Pagar last week.
“We didn’t score as many goals but I’m happy with the win," Bacina told reporters after the match.
"I have to congratulate my team for beating a very good Geylang side. Credit to them, they came here to play football and it was an open game. We didn’t expect an easy game tonight.”
When asked if his side’s title bid was back on track, Bacina insisted it was never off despite their defeat to the Jaguars in the last game.
“Back on track? We were never off it in the first place!" he proclaimed.
"I have a great squad of players with great attitude, and I believe in them.”
Meanwhile, Geylang coach Vedhamuthu Kanan believes his side deserved a draw, and could even have won the game.
"We had so many chances but just couldn’t finish it," he lamented.
“I am very disappointed with the outcome but my players worked hard and played well. Tampines was just too powerful.”“I thought Yasir Hanapi’s goal should have stood. He was not offside as he came from a deep position. But this is football."
The defending S.League champions extend their lead at the top of the table over second-placed Albirex Niigata (S) with this win, while Geylang remain second from bottom.