Singapore Premier League • April 12, 2014

Steinebrunner Basking In Geylang’s Newly Found Family Unity


Written by: Muhammad Yazid

After Geylang International’s incredible comeback victory over Hougang United which ended in 3-2, head coach Jorg Steinebrunner believed that the key to the win was nothing but ‘remaining as a family’.

The new coach felt that his first four games have made Geylang into a better team in terms of support.

“We have created a family over the last few weeks. A family doesn’t give up and they believe in each other.

“No one went down when we were trailing from two goals. The players were encouraging each other.”

Despite the win, the German admitted that his charges did not have the best of games.

“We did not perform well. Out of the 4 games, today our performance was at its least.

“In the first 75 minutes, we did not play like how we had been playing but from then on, we played well. We showed good character and that gave us a little bit of luck to score the second goal. Thereafter, we did not sit back and kept going at them,” the ex-Woodlands Wellington tactician said.

His counterpart, Amin Nasir was disheartened after Hougang’s second loss of the season.

“It was certainly difficult because we had to play with ten men for most of the match. It is tough to swallow this loss, which came in very late into the game,” Amin said.

“Our mistakes killed the game. We had so many lapses of concentration and they took great advantage of it by scoring.”

The head coach confessed that the two-goal lead his side enjoyed was a dangerous advantage.

“When we were leading 2-0, it was possible for them to make a comeback because we had ten men. They easily played ‘one-two’s to get to the better of us and eventually got the equaliser.

“They applied so much pressure on us in the dying moments of the game and scored so credits to them.”

Amin also mentioned that he would have preferred a draw.

“A draw would have been fairer and a win would be bonus. But in football, it doesn’t stop until the final whistle. So we have to accept it and move on,” he revealed, as he urges his players to gain back the much needed team spirit.