Sundram explains decision to park the bus

19-Nov-2016

Sundram explains decision to park the bus

19-Nov-2016

Singapore head coach V. Sundramoorthy felt that the Lions had no choice but to play defensively in order to earn a result in their opening group A game.

Hafiz Sujad's 35th minute left the four-time Suzuki Cup winners in the lurch and they had to toil on with 10 men on the pitch for the remaining 55 minutes.

As a result, Singapore started camping in their own half, especially towards the end of the game when Philippines threw everything at the Lions goal.

Sundram said: "It's natural with any teams with ten players to sit back and try to counter.

"We are up against home team and we were definitely motivated to go out there and try get the three points.

"But with 10 players, task became a lot more difficult to come out with the result. Credit to the boys, we got something today and we are confident in going forward to the game against Thailand."

Sundram also praised his charges' mentality for the way they kept to the game plan and avoid defeat.

Praising their mental strength, he stated: "Mental part... the boys gave everything.

"It's about mental strength and running the extra mile for the player who's not on the pitch.

"Obviously you need some luck in football."

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