Singapore Premier League • March 1, 2014

Vallee Bemoans Injury Curse; Amin Praises Player’s Character

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Written By: Kenneth Ho

Tanjong Pagar coach Patrick Vallee felt circumstances forcing him to shuffle his squad constantly were costing his team points as defender Anthony Aymard became the latest player to join the list of unavailable personnel for the Jaguars.

Aymard had started in the 2-1 defeat by Hougang United on Thursday evening, but the defender was unable to continue play in the 53rd minute as he was stretchered off the pitch.

This added to the list of players unavailable for Tanjong Pagar in the game against Hougang.

Ahmad Latiff and Kamel Ramdani were ruled out through injury, while Ruzaini Zainal and Nor Azli Yusoff were suspended after being sent off in their last match against Harimau Muda.

Despite the loss of Aymard during the match, Tanjong Pagar still managed to trouble the Cheetahs with their attacking plays, although most of it did not test Hougang goalkeeper Fadhil Salim.

However, Vallee was convinced the result might have been different had Aymard managed to stay on the pitch,

“Sure we missed a lot of chances but we must walk. Maybe we didn’t score but I sincerely think we would not concede the goal (if Aymard) was not injured,“ said Vallee.

“I got one squad but not one team if I can play with any eleven players.“

The French coach also believed his team deserved a share of the spoils, but emphasised he was not upset by the loss given how his side performed.

“I don’t think so (that it was a fair result) but it is the result and the result is there. I think we deserved to get better result, minimum draw. I don’t say we deserve to win but I think we deserve a better result,“ Vallee added.

“I am not upset, I like what I saw tonight, how Tanjong Pagar played, especially in first half. First time I saw Tanjong Pagar play like that. “

“It’s only the second game, nothing bad, one victory one defeat, it is a good start. Sure we prefer to win or draw but a lot of time you miss some chances. “

Hougang coach Amin Nasir was pleased his side earned their first victory of the season, and paid praise to his men for achieving the result.

“II am pleased with the result, being away then again, in particular in the second half, showing full of characters and full of discipline, they fought very hard and worked very hard so again looking at the chances we created I am really happy with the performances and with the team,“ Amin said.