Singapore Premier League • November 21, 2015
Sundram: Let’s Do The Job And Hope For The Best
Tampines Rovers vs Harimau Muda
(Friday, 20 November, 7.30pm, Jurong West Stadium)
Written By: Kenneth Ho
Tampines Rovers coach V.Sundramoorthy has called on his squad to rally for one last time this season as they look to pip Brunei DPMM to the Great Eastern Yeo’s S.League title.
The Stags will host their last game of the season against the hungry Harimau Muda, who have upset the odds time and again this season.
A win is imperative for Tampines, especially since they are currently two points behind DPMM, and will need Balestier Khalsa to do them a favour by making the Wasps drop points.
However, Sundram is adamant his side can only afford to focus on what they need to do and not be distracted by what may happen in Brunei, where Balester play DPMM at the Hassanal Bolkiah Stadium.
“We are motivated, we go out there, do our job and in football anything is possible and we are looking forward to a favourable result in Brunei,” Sundram said.
Goals will be on the Stags’ mind, as goal difference might just earn them the title. Trailing by just a one-goal difference, a two-goal winning margin and a DPMM draw will be enough for Tampines to clinch the title.
Sundram will be serving a touchline ban but he believes his charges will do just fine without him.
“The boys have played years of football, I don’t think it will be a problem,” he asserted.
“We will go out there and do our best and attack and try to score goals. As long as we do our job, chances are that we can be there, so let’s do the job.”
Harimau will not be looking to do Tampines any favour though, as they come into the game on the back of a two-game winning streak. In fact, the Young Tigers have only lost once in their last five games and they are eager for a rousing end to their campaign.
Tampines will also be hampered by the absence of Firdaus Idros and Ismail Yunos, after both attained their fourth yellow card of the competition and are suspended as a result.
Suspensions: Firdaus Idros (Tampines Rovers), Ismail Yunos (Tampines Rovers)
Key Men To Watch
Tampines Rovers: Rodrigo Tosi
It is now or never for the Stags, and Tosi will need to be at his best to plunder in the goals required to earn three points and help Tampines earn a better goal difference.
Harimau Muda: Ilham Amirullah
Harimau coach Razip Ismail has a habit of rotating his goalkeepers but his favourite seems to be Ilham.
Tampines need goals but this shot-stopper might just be the person who will dash their hopes.
Tampines Rovers – WDLWW
13/11/15 Albirex Niigata (S) 0-1 Tampines Rovers (S.League)
08/11/15 Home United 2-3 Tampines Rovers (S.League)
05/11/15 Balestier Khalsa 4-3 Tampines Rovers (S.League)
02/11/15 Tampines Rovers 0-0 Warriors FC (S.League)
28/10/15 Brunei DPMM 0-1 Tampines Rovers (S.League)
Harimau Muda – DLDWW
06/11/15 Hougang United 1-2 Harimau Muda (S.League)
02/11/15 Harimau Muda 1-0 Home United (S.League)
27/10/15 Courts Young Lions 1-1 Harimau Muda (S.League)
23/10/15 Harimau Muda 0-2 Brunei DPMM (S.League)
19/10/15 Harimau Muda 1-1 Albirex Niigata (S) (S.League)
Head to Head (S.League)
15/09/15 Tampines Rovers 5-1 Harimau Muda
27/08/15 Harimau Muda 0-1 Tampines Rovers
13/06/14 Harimau Muda 0-1 Tampines Rovers
27/03/14 Tampines Rovers 3-2 Harimau Muda
03/07/13 Harimau Muda 0-1 Tampines Rovers
24/03/13 Tampines Rovers 2-1 Harimau Muda