Singapore Premier League • September 20, 2014

Salim Urges Professionalism From Players

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Written by: Muhammad Yazid

Woodlands Wellington succumbed to a 3-0 defeat to Hougang United in a Great Eastern Yeo’s S.League on Thursday evening, and coach Salim Moin was clearly disappointed with the result and performance of his team.

The loss was their fifth in six games and the gaffer felt that his side were lacking the standard in many aspects.

“We had everything done in terms of training but in my observation, my players had fear of doing what they were supposed to in game situation,” Salim expressed with frustration.

“Players have to show their own creativity and intelligence. Everything was disorganized in the game and we were not productive with and without the ball.

“My players have to learn how to adjust to things by themselves. I cannot ask the referee to pause the game for me to do the adjustments. I can only do that in trainings.

“We trained well for this match; I was able to see good movements and transitions but when it comes to the game, they do not perform as well.”

Despite the defeat, the ex-Singapore International remained confident that his charges would start getting back on track in the remaining four fixtures for them to finish as high as possible.

“We do not really have anything to look forward to, but many players are starting to fear their contract statuses,” he disclosed.

“We are all professionals and I want my players to take responsibilities.

“If we continue at this rate we can finish the season at the last position, but I do not want to see my team in the bottom two.

“I believe in myself and I hope we will get some results in the final four matches.”

His opposite number, Amin Nasir left the stadium with smiles, as he deemed the win as a ‘convincing one’.

“We scored three goals and it is a good result for the team,” Amin started off.

“Full credits to my boys because we managed to stay disciplined after the disappointment of losing in the last three games.

“Our plan and tactics worked well. We remained tight in the middle to prevent them from playing their usual game.”

However, the tactician felt that his side could have scored more goals to increase the margin.

“We could have scored more to kill the game off because as the game went on, Woodlands started being desperate and pumped the ball, which gave us a lot of space in the attacking third.”

Although it is most likely Hougang will clinch seventh place, Amin shared that he wants to collect as many points as possible.

“We have to win the rest of the games. Hopefully we can get more points than the sixth placed team,” he chided.

“The three-game defeat was tough because we were so close to making history and reaching the top six.

“But with this kind of performance, I am sure we can finish the season on a high note. My job is to motivate them and emphasise the fact that we are not a weak team.”