Salim disappointed with disorganised Woodlands showing

The coach did not mince his words after a dismal display from his team in their 3-0 loss to Balestier Khalsa, who were lauded for their team spirit by assistant coach Kevin Wee
Woodlands Wellington coach Salim Moin was not a happy man after watching his team put in a woeful display in their 3-0 loss to Balestier Khalsa on Wednesday night.

The Rams looked utterly lost as they were dominated by the home side, who could have won by more, and Salim did not hide his disappointment at his charges' lack of organisation and discipline.

"I never see any team shape, I never see any communication, so there must be something wrong with the team’s character," he fired.

"They were really not following the team shape and organisation, which had been coached during training. And you can see that the minute you are not disciplined and organised, you are in sixes and sevens."

Salim also described some of the players' attitude as lazy and warned that they needed to change.

"To win games, the team must be very disciplined; look at Balestier, when they lose the ball, everybody comes back to chase,: he pointed out.

"Look at my team, they are not chasing the ball, they are walking; even when the ball has been played to the forwards, they are still walking. I think this attitude has to be changed if we want to progress further.

"They should pull [up] their socks. If they play well, the team will keep them [for next season], if they don’t play well, the team will throw them."

He also felt that all three goals, which resulted from shoddy defending, could have easily been prevented.

"For me, it's very straightforward: the goals can be prevented," Salim asserted.

"If I know they are going to play the ball behind, I fall back. This is the basic principle of defence!"

On the other hand, Balestier assistant Kevin Wee hailed their "superb teamwork" as the key to victory in their final home game of the season.

"It was a very, very good win and a very, very good effort," he praised. "To describe it as satisfying is an understatement."

The Tigers had to wait until the 72nd minute for Qiu Li to add on to Paul Cunningham's 10th-minute opener, but Wee insisted they were not worried by long how it took.

"Worry is not the word, we knew it was a matter of time, we just had to be patient because we had the possession," he explained.

Wee also praised striker-turned-right-back Kim Min Ho for a good display, as well as crediting head coach Darren Stewart for the decision, before promising that Balestier would try to beat Tanjong Pagar United next in their final league match.

Salim also vowed to get a better performance out of his players in their last game against Tampines Rovers.

"It’s the last game against the champions, so I want to see [a better display] from my players," he said.

"Maybe I should say I rested a few players because they have been playing regularly, and maybe I put all the unknown players and see what they can do."