Singapore Premier League • March 2, 2014

Kanan ‘Very Disappointed’ with Players Performance


Written by: Muhammad Yazid

Two losses in two games can be hugely detrimental for a team’s morale and that might be the case for Geylang International coach V. Kanan, who left Bishan Stadium a disappointed man after his team suffered their second consecutive defeat this season.

While the Eagles lost their first game by a slim margin, going down 2-1 to Warriors FC, they were overwhelmed by Home United and Kanan had nothing but harsh words for his side after the 4-1 thrashing.

“No coach would be happy with two opening defeats in a season, with a thrashing in the second game. I am very disappointed,” Kanan said.

“I didn’t expect a result like this and I have no words to say. Nothing seems to be working now. It was below my expectations and the whole team didn’t gel together.

“Last season we had a lot of young players so if we did badly, it was acceptable but this season we have signed quality foreigners and experienced players, but still nothing seems positive with regards to the results.”

Kanan singled out defending as their main deficiency, with the Protectors getting in behind their back-line time and again.

“It was rubbish,“ Kanan continued. “We made Home United look good. Nothing went well and all the goals came from midfield. Before the season started, I thought we had a rock-solid defence but after tonight, I have to look at that area again.


“We must work on our weakness and must work tremendously hard for the next game against giants Tampines [Rovers]. It’s not going to be easy.”

However, he was at least happy that his side carved out more chances than they did last time out and is glad for the two-week break from league action, which will allow them to “reflect” on their performances.

Meanwhile, Home coach Lee Lim Saeng was naturally happy with the win as his side bounced back from a 1-0 defeat to Tampines last week.

“We wanted the win badly after our losses in the Charity Shield and the AFC Cup. I appreciate everyone’s efforts,” the Korean said.

“We trained a lot in attack, that’s why we were able to score four goals. We did well to penetrate the attacking third and made good use of the space. Our passing was also good, allowing us [to create] a lot of chances. This kind of scoreline will increase my players’ morale.”

The former Korean international also praised new signing Precious Emuejeraye, as the former Singapore international defender helped his team keep a clean sheet in the first half.