The Singapore international was given full credit by both the Young Lions and Warriors coach for his performance on Saturday night
Courts Young Lions were unlucky not to grab all three points against Warriors FC as they were denied a goal on several occasions by Singapore international Hassan Sunny.
But there was one moment when Aide Iskandar’s side could have taken the lead. Iqbal Hussain, through on goal and needing only the goalkeeper to beat, miraculously sent his effort wide of the target.
But Aide was not about to bring out the sword on his 20-year-old midfielder and was pleased with his contribution throughout the match.
“I can’t be too critical about Iqbal as apart from that chance he missed, he put up a good performance,” said the former Singapore skipper.
“He is a young boy and we must give him plenty of confidence so that he can do better in future.
“But that moment, it should be one nil up for us but unfortunately he told me after the game that he was having cramps. So I must be happy with his overall performance.”
The former Singapore international felt that his side could have snatched maximum points but gave credit to his charges for coming back strong from a heavy defeat to Woodlands Wellington a week ago.
“The boys definitely put up a great performance, in terms of creating chances and we were also the better side,” he added.
“But unfortunately Hassan was superb and kept Warriors in the game.
“I have to give credit to the boys as they played exceptionally well tonight, given the circumstances; we just came back from a lost against Woodlands (Wellington). We would love to go for the three points and we were pushing for the goal but we tried everything and the boys were trying their best but Hassan was splendid and saved Warriors with a point.”
Warriors gaffer Alex Weaver was also full of praise for his custodian's performance and felt that it was not a disappointing result for his side but believed that his players could do better in certain areas of the field.
“We defended extremely well and we kept them out; our goalkeeper is part of our team and he made a couple of good saves,” he said.
“One of my targets when I came into the club was to sort the goals being leaked and we made really good progress. We kept a cleasheet tonight and that was really pleasing, but not on the possession and the lack of movement was frustrating.
"But this is our second games in four days and we have to understand that. We set high standards at the club and we have to work hard and smart in future matches."