Singapore Premier League • May 17, 2014

Aide Displeased With ‘Sleeping Defence’

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Written By: Kenneth Ho

Yet again, Courts Young Lions failed to keep a clean sheet as they conceded for the 11th time in 12 games after going down 3-1 to Balestier Khalsa at Toa Payoh Stadium on Thursday evening.

This caused Young Lions coach Aide Iskandar to express his disappointment at his ‘sleeping defence’ as he did not believe his team were any poorer than Balestier in terms of creating chances.

“Definitely disappointing scoreline, for me it is more of the goals we conceded because for the three goals, we failed to defend the high balls and pick up on the second balls and Balestier capitalised on that,” Aide lamented.

“In terms of open play we managed to compete with them, we had our chances. I think there was a chance for us to go 2-2 but unfortunately we missed that chance and Balestier came back 3-1.

“The pitch was a bit difficult to play. I think we got caught within the first five minutes, and within 20 minutes the game had been won there by Balestier, we tried to come back in the second half but we couldn’t do that.”

At the other end, Balestier coach Marko Kraljevic was in a good mood after the game, as he joked around with the press before turning serious for the post-match conference.

Kraljevic praised his lads for the superb performance today, especially since they did it without the fulcrums of the team as Park Kang Jin only came off the bench late on in the game while captain Paul Cunningham sits out the second round with an injury.

“Good performance from my boys today, I am really pleased with the playing, the mental skills,” Kraljevic said.

“What I am saying is that after 2-1, when you concede a goal it is very tough. I used to play many games and I know this is very tough.

“We defended well, and the midfield worked very hard, and the attackers scored goals. I mean we did very well.”

With Park inching his way back to full fitness, the Croatian was convinced that Balestier will now be able to showcase the team’s true ability and go on a decent run of results.

“I am always positive, of course I always think we can do better. We can score some more goals, I always think like this,” he said.