Singapore Cup • May 28, 2014

Vallee: Results More Important Than Performances In Cup


Written by: Muhammad Yazid

Tanjong Pagar United’s progression to the quarter-finals of the RHB Singapore Cup put a smile on coach Patrick Vallee’s face as he was pleased with the efforts of his team after they beat Hougang United 1-0 at Queenstown Stadium on Monday evening.

“It was a very satisfying win for me and we even kept a clean sheet,” Vallee said.

“I congratulate my whole squad, even the players who did not play because everyone was very focused and concentrated prior to this game.

“We all know it is a big game for the club, and I am pleased we managed a win because it was a tough game. Everybody worked very hard, especially in defense where we were very strong.”

However, the Frenchman admitted that it was not the best of games from his side.

“Surely it was not our best game because we had key players who were out from injury like Masrezwan Masturi, Anthony Aymard and Nor Azli Yusoff,” Vallee shared.

“In cup competitions, results matter more because only they determine whether you go to the next round or not.”

“I also took a big risk by playing Sazali Salleh, Hanafi Salleh and Zahid Ahmad even when they have not recovered 100%.

“They told me they wanted to play because it was an important cup game and I allowed them to, but thankfully they did well and brought the result, so thanks to them.

“I was afraid to take the risk at first but I am pleased as everyone helped each other to perform.”

The former Etoile coach also spared a mention of praise for his custodian, Aurelien Herisson.

“It was a very big performance for him and it must have felt good for him to get a clean sheet after a long time.”

Vallee’s counterpart, Amin Nasir was downhearted yet unfazed despite getting knocked out in the first round.

“It was a very tight game and to lose a cup game like this is disappointing, but I think we played well.

“Compared to our last encounter with Tanjong Pagar last weekend, this performance is much better but sadly we just could not score.

“We were looking forward to this game and we created a lot of chances in the second half but we fell asleep and our opponents capitalised on the mistake, so credits to them.”

Amin hoped that this result would not be detrimental to their league performances, as Hougang shift their focus back to the league.

“I hope this will not affect our league. We have more than a week’s break so we must sit down and analyse on what went wrong.

“We will have to prepare well for our next game against Albirex Niigata (S) and that would be tough because they are doing well.

“We will bounce back for sure,” he promised.