Singapore Premier League • April 27, 2014

Stewart Unaffected By Fifth Draw Of The Season


Written By: Kenneth Ho

Woodlands Wellington attained its fifth draw of the season after nine games so far following a 1-1 draw with Geylang International on Saturday night.

However, Woodlands coach Darren Stewart was not about to be concerned by yet another stalemate as he reiterated his happiness at getting a point against the Eagles.

“Fantastic, better than five losses,” Stewart said firmly of the statistics.

Instead, Stewart was more apprehensive with his side’s defensive fragilities, as this was the sixth time that the Rams have conceded the opener in the 2014 Great Eastern Yeo’s S.League season.

“We were poor in the first half, second half we were a little bit better, and I am very pleased with the efforts in the second half and the desire to come back from a goal down once again,” the Woodlands coach said.

“But we can’t keep affording to go a goal down and expect to come back, this happened in a lot of the games you know.”

Stewart’s counterpart Jorg Steinebrunner on the other hand was unsatisfied with his side earning only a point after creating several chances to kill off their opponents.

“I think everyone would agree that we lost two points today,” Steinebrunner said.

“I would say 89 minutes, we were the better footballing team, and in the second half in the lapse of (concentration for) one minute… we lost the ball and if you give Moon one and a half chance, then he is going to take it.”

However, the German was quick to point out that he was happy with the way his side responded after gave away the equaliser.

“I think credit to the team, they came back strong. Nobody was pointing fingers when we conceded the goal and we came back strongly,” Steinebrunner noted.

“We had a few decent chances, Hafiz had a one-on-one, two, three shots, we created all this things because we were more active.”

This was also the sixth consecutive game that Geylang has avoided defeat, since Steinbrunner took over the reins at the club.

Although Steinbrunner was keen to stress that he did not want his team to be overconfident due to the six-game unbeaten streak, he felt it has sent out a message to the rest of the league.

“On the whole we have moved forward, a lot things left to do but now the team is competitive, the team is playing football,” the Geylang coach said.

“Now teams come here to play Geylang and I think they are more wary of Geylang and I think they should be.”