Singapore Premier League • October 30, 2014
Low: Season Ended Nicely For Hougang
Written By: Kenneth Ho
Hougang United team manager Nicholas Low believed the season could not have ended in any better way following his side’s 4-2 win over Tanjong Pagar United on Wednesday evening.
Despite this being their second win in a row, to go with their seventh spot in the Great Eastern Yeo’s S.League, Low waved off any suggestions that the Cheetahs did not want the season to come to an end.
“I think the season has ended just nicely for us, but i think the boys deserved a good break at the moment. The momentum is there, but the boys have done well and deserve their rest,” Low said.
Reflecting on the win over the Jaguars, Low revealed he was never comfortable during the game despite his team earning an early eighth-minute goal, as his side had a less-than-ideal season in terms of defending.
“Precisely that is the problem, we have had only two or three clean sheets this season I think, and that is something we must work on going into next season,” he shared.
“At least this season we are scoring more than we are conceding.”
Tanjong Pagar coach Patrick Vallee was stumped for his side’s lame display, despite the Jaguars going into the game with a three-game winning streak.
While Vallee did muse over whether it was because his side had nothing to play for after securing ninth spot the week before, or that Hougang were simply more efficient, he said that he was not disappointed with the result.
“We didn’t change anything; the preparation was the same, they wanted to win the game but sometimes it just doesn’t happen,” Vallee explained.
“It is the last game, we did well for the last four games, but when you play for nothing it is very difficult to keep everybody’s minds on the game.
Vallee was keen to put this season behind him, after enduring a difficult season with injuries and suspensions. He did manage to test a few Prime League players during this time, and he hopes that they will be able to contribute more to the team next season.
“I’m not disappointed because it is the last game, this season is very difficult and tough.”
“Hopefully some young players can grow, and I can work with them, my objective now is to bring my team up for next season, after two seasons of coaching I hope.”