Singapore Premier League • October 31, 2014

Salim: I Was Expecting The Comeback


Written by: Muhammad Yazid

Woodlands Wellington had to overturn a one-goal deficit to end their 2014 Great Eastern Yeo’s S.League campaign with a 3-2 win over Harimau Muda, and coach Salim Moin was never in doubt his side could do it.

“I knew that we were going to come back,” Salim explained.

“It was a matter of time. Even before we started scoring, we had chances. From there I could see that we could win the game and we managed to.”

“Today I am satisfied because most of the things went our way,” Salim mentioned.

It was Woodlands’ first win in four months, and Salim was understandably delighted with the results.

“My players have now understood the style of football I have been implementing in the last few matches,” he added.

“The performance was good as we played fast and exciting football. The fans were enjoying the game and it was very attack-oriented.

“We kept the ball moving and built up slowly from the back. Taufiq Ghani and Armanizam Dolah did well in stabilising the backline.”

“Our shapes varied accordingly whether we attack or defend. Our game plan was to go by the flanks and to get the crosses as fast as possible.”

His counterpart, Razip Ismail, was evidently disappointed after the final whistle as his side finished the season as wooden spoonists.

“I am disappointed that we finished bottom and that we could not improve position from beginning till the end of the season,” Razip commented, before going on to explain what went wrong.

“The first goal came too early. Our midfield was sluggish and loose, allowing them to equalise.

“I thought that we could do something in tonight’s game but we did not have full control of the game.

“I was hoping that we could get back when we were trailing at 3-1 but our goal came in too late. Everything was in disarray after we were one-man down.”