Singapore Premier League • May 29, 2014

Stewart Takes Blame For Trouncing By Geylang


Written By: Kenneth Ho

Woodlands Wellington were dispatched 5-1 by a clinical Geylang on Tuesday evening but the Rams’ coach Darren Stewart conceded the Eagles deserved their victory.

Calling the result disappointing, Stewart took the blame for the loss as he felt that he had given the wrong team talk to his lads at half-time and caused them to be complacent against Geylang.

“Congratulations to Geylang on their second performance half they deserved to win,” Stewart said.

“I was pleased with the first half performance, and thought we played well and were unlucky to be down àt half time. But at the second everything we did seem to went against us, every time we went forward we lost it and they looked like scoring on the counter,” he added.

“It’s a cup game, and we were trying to get a goal early and pushed too many bodies forward and forget that we still had 45 minutes to play.”

Geylang coach Jorg Steinebrunner was visibly pleased with the result, especially after losing three S.League matches in the row.

“I mean the important thing is that we have done the same things in the last three games we lost, only today we were more clinical. We looked defensively decisive, and we took our chances,” Steinebrunner said.

“On the football-wise, we have carried on like what we have played in the last few months; we have played good football possession and had some good counter today.”

Despite the huge margin they won by, Steinebrunner insisted the game was not as easy the score line suggested.

“To come here to the Woodlands Stadium is never easy, Darren Stewart always prepare his team very well and it was definitely not a walk in the park,” the German shared.

“They competed with us today and kept plugging away today but I think we made it easy for ourselves because for 90 we never took things for granted.”