Aide: A draw would have been a fairer result

The Courts Young Lions coach rued the referee's failure to allow a first-half goal, as well as his team's poor finishing and defending in their 3-2 loss to Brunei DPMM
Courts Young Lions coach Aide Iskandar was, in his own words, not a happy man after his team's 3-2 loss to Brunei DPMM on Friday night.

The S.League's bottom side never recovered from conceding twice in as many minutes inside the first 10 minutes and although they pulled a goal back before half-time, a third strike - once again within 10 minutes of the restart - condemned them to an eventual 3-2 loss.

"I thought the boys tried their best [but] it wasn’t the best performance that I've seen and they can get better; we had our chances to kill off the game we just didn’t," Aide said.

"We conceded two unnecessary goals in the first 10 minutes and I had to make a change."

That change was bringing on Al-Qaasimy Rahman for right-back Faiz Salleh in the 12th minute to provide "stability".

"Faiz, to be fair, has been playing really well for the past two matches so that’s why he started," Aide explained.

"Qaasimy only just returned from injury, he had a minor concussion at the Merdeka Cup during a training session. Faiz was shaky, they were playing the long balls over his side and he couldn’t cope."

The former Singapore captain did believe his side should have come away with a point as he was convinced that Sheikh Abdul Hadi's strike in the 33rd minute crossed the line, with them trailing 2-1.

"I thought a draw would have been a fair result especially when the ball went in in the first half and the referee failed to see it and it was very unfortunate for us," Aide said.

"For me it’s a clear goal because the goalkeeper was already in the goal and the ball went to his thighs. I can understand the linesman was a little far and he couldn’t see because he was blocked by a few players, but I thought the referee had a clear view.

"This is football, referees are human too but for me it cost us a point."

Aide added that he would have a word with Sherif El-Masri, who was booked for protesting, as he does not tolerate misbehaviour from his team and that the players have to remain calm and composed even if things do not go their way.

He was pleased enough with the way they fought back, but not so much about the finishing and defending.

"What was positive was that we created chances, but I wasn’t happy with the way we couldn’t finish the chances and the way we defended for the first two goals," Aide remarked.