Hesse defiant despite second successive Young Lions loss

Garena Young Lions coach Patrick Hesse believes his youthful outfit will improve with more S.League matches under their belt.

GOAL BY    MARLON CHEN


For a second match in a row, the Young Lions were outplayed by another quality S.League opponent as they lost 2-0 to Geylang International at the Jalan Besar Stadium.

The margin of defeat could have been better if the visitors had not spurned a number of gilt-edged opportunities, but Hesse was keen to assert that the future remains bright for his Under-21 outfit.

“We cannot just look at the negative things,” said the Frenchman. “We have to look at the positives.

“These young players worked very hard all week to prepare for this game; you can see there’s only a little difference between us and the good teams in the S.League.

“We also put out three Under-18 players today and they did well to control the game.”

Hesse was however disappointed with how his side let in yet another early goal, just like what happened in the 5-0 mauling by Albirex Niigata (S) just a week ago.

“Last week, we took the first goal too early and it happened again this time,” lamented the 58-year-old. “We must learn how to defend better not to concede such goals.”

Nonetheless the former FC Metz and Tunisia assistant manager believes his side will learn from their mistakes and improve as the season progresses.

“I’ve said to the players it’s going to be a difficult season and they know that,” he explained. “Our objective is to help these boys gain more experience and the only way to do so is by playing games.

“I’m sure this team can progress, so now we have to take one game at a time and continue to put in the hard>