Singapore Premier League • August 26, 2014

Steinebrunner Buoyed By Consecutive Victories


Written by: Muhammad Yazid

Geylang International made it two wins in a row in the span of four days after a 2-1 win over Tanjong Pagar United and coach Jorg Steinebrunner was elated after the final whistle.

“It is definitely not easy to play [and get] two wins in four days and gain a maximum six points from them,” mentioned Steinebrunner.

“We did not have any competitive games in the three-week break and we have done a lot in these four days, physically and football wise.”

The Eagles beat Woodlands Wellington 2-0 on Friday and came into the game against the Jaguars after only two days of rest.

“We played some good football and kept to our football,” the German commented.

“We showed that we can play football in difficult pitch conditions and credits to the boys. We deserved the three points.

“We had a solid defence and overall I am happy that we made it.”

However, Steinebrunner was displeased the Eagles threatened to derail their own hard work with some moments of sloppiness during the match.

“We made it difficult for ourselves,” he said.

“We should have gotten two goals in the first half and in the second we could have made it 3-1 but due to some unfortunate occasions like Hafiz Nor’s attempt hitting the crossbar after a great move, we failed.

“We should not have given away that soft goal. The way we conceded it, I am disappointed because it could have been avoided. But at the end of the day, we still have three points.”

Already looking towards the next season, the Geylang coach wants his side, including the reserves, to use the remaining games and show what they are capable of in order for him to prepare for next season.

“We have six games to go and we want to finish with as many points as possible,” he declared.

“I want to see how far we are from the top six and we will take it from there.

“Our substitute Syawal Anwar had a good game. He had pace on the right sight and it is good to see. The discovery in the prime league has been encouraging.”

Tanjong Pagar has had a disappointing season so far, and it does not seem as though things will get any easier for Patrick Vallee as his side suffered yet another bruising defeat.

“We did not play well in the first half and took time to settle down,” he expressed. “The game started slowly for us and after i rectified some things, we came back better in the second half by equalising and putting pressure on them.

Despite the loss, Vallee defended his charges and announced that the players had tried to muster a response despite going behind so early in the game.

“I like the spirit in the second half because we fought hard and tried to bounce back,” he commented.

“It was unfortunate that we conceded the second goal but I am not angry with my team because two games in a short period of time is not easy. We have suspension problems but all these is part of football and I cannot do anything.