Singapore Premier League • June 26, 2014

Lee Laments Draw; Salim Eager For More


Written by: Muhammad Yazid

Home United and Woodlands Wellington shared the spoils of an entertaining scoreless draw and Home coach Lee Lim Saeng was disappointed that his side failed to claim all three points.

“We should have gotten all three points to close the gap at the top of the table,” he mentioned.

“But as a coach, I do not want to blame my players and I would like to take the blame instead.

“We created chances but could not score. In the second half opponents also had chance but did not score. That reflects the result correctly.”

The former South Korean international then explained what denied his side the victory, and looked to bounce back in the next few games.

“I am happy that our defenders did not concede in tonight’s game but disappointed that our attackers could not score,” he shared.

“We need to get sharp in front of goal. We need to prepare and bounce back to get back to our own style in the next game.”

His counterpart, Salim Moin, shared similar sentiments to the former Suwon Samsung Bluewings’ Coach.

“Yes I am disappointed because we could have won the game,” he said.

“Only if Moon Soon Ho was composed in his finishes in the final five minutes of the game, we could have been going home happier.

Nevertheless, the gaffer was contented with the performance of his side, which he took over from Darren Stewart a week ago.

“I am proud of my players because everyone played according to the game plan and had the right spirit,” Salim shared.

“I am most satisfied with the fact that I can see differences – the players are all full of desire now.”

“We were very well-organised in every department. Towards the last ten minutes, we wanted to be more attacking oriented, so I changed the formation.

“I moved Taufiq Ghani and Atsuhsio Shimono to better positions so that when we lose the ball, we can hold the midfield, not allowing their midfield to play and dictate the game.

“Our defence was also good as we did not have any problems in high balls and managed to cut off all the areas.”

The 53-year-old was pleased to reveal that his players have understood his style.

“When we attack, we do it as unit and that goes the same for when we defend,” he told.

“The boys know the different directions of attack, so there are many styles of attacks I am implementing in Woodlands.”

The former international then assured that this would be the kind of Woodlands that spectators can expect for the rest of the season.

“I like to be attacking-oriented, so I want to entertain the crowd like how we did tonight, by playing attractive football.”