Newly appointed Warriors FC head coach Alexander Weaver was pleased with his side’s showing despite falling to a 1-0 defeat to league leaders Tampines Rovers.
Jamil Ali’s well-taken goal in the 55th minute was enough for the Stags to keep their two-point advantage at the top of the table, but the Warriors showed plenty of pluck and with a little more luck could have perhaps taken a deserved point.
Former Hougang United gaffer Weaver, who replaced predecessor V. Selvaraj after the ex-Singapore international endured a miserable season, believes the result proved his team could cut it with the best.
“We did a lot right [in the game],” he said.
“We looked far more organized, far more disciplined [and] we were sharp defensively.
“We restricted the team at the top of the league to very few chances, and that was pleasing.”
The Englishman also insisted that the performance was a sign of better things to come for his men.
“If they are top of the league then that gives us a gauge of where we are and where we could be,” Weaver claimed.
“So it was very pleasing despite the result.”
His Tampines counterpart Tay Peng Kee was full of praise for his adversaries, admitting his surprise at the organization and defensive solidity of Weaver’s men.
“To be honest, I think they [Warriors] played well; the last time I saw them they were totally different,” he recalled.
“They were tighter, they were more organized, and played with more life as compared to the last game.”
With the result, the Stags stay ahead of second-placed Albirex Niigata, who have played a game more.