Singapore Premier League • October 4, 2014

Steinebrunner: We Could Have Won By A Bigger Margin


Written by: Muhammad Yazid

Geylang International ran out 2-1 winners over Woodlands Wellington on Friday evening and coach Jorg Steinebrunner felt that it could have been a larger win considering the performance his charges put up.

“It was more than a deserved win because we controlled the game,” Steinebrunner described.

“Those spectators who were watching the game would agree with me when I say that the narrow win cannot be matched with the performance of my team.

“We could have gone 3-0 up at half-time and it would have been game over.”

The German however was extremely delighted with what matters the most at the end of the day – the result.

“We could have scored three goals in the first 10 minutes if not for Yazid Yasin’s saves and the first half was one of the best we have ever played,” he admitted.

“From moving the ball around to supporting one another and building the triangle, we were good. Defence wise we did not give much way and kept it simple.

“We also controlled the game in the second half because we did expect Woodlands to push us but they did not have that many chances apart from the goal.

“We looked in control overall and had chances; I am happy with the win and performance of my team.”

His counterpart, Salim Moin was left with mixed feelings after the final whistle.

Salim was impressed with his side’s display in the second half in search of the equaliser.

In addition, the gaffer believed that the tactical changes he made in the game smoothened the flow.

“When I changed certain things there was more flair and quality,” Salim mentioned.

“It was lively in the second half and some of our attacks were fluid. It was a pleasing performance with a few players showing their leadership and fighting spirit.”

However, the former Singapore international was critical of the individual effort of his players.

“[Some] players lack self-belief and the confidence of the team was not good,” he shared.

“Certain players were not performing up to mark. The first half was disappointing and there was a lapse of understanding in the game.

“Geylang could have sealed the win early but congratulations to them, they were the hungrier side.”