I'm not sure how that sentiment started in the first place, but judging by the posting plastered online and heard from the grapevine, it seems that JBS would turn out become a "mini Manila" for the friendly fixture between Singapore and The Philippines.
Just like most of the matches played earlier that involving any foreign team in recent months, the Pinoys were all in unison rhythm and voice (most of the time) that rocked the normally subtle JBS.
Honestly speaking from my perspective that both sides lacked the firepower upfront during the first half of the match.
|Jason De Jong (21) in tussle with Hariss Harun (partially hidden)|
|Hariss (14): still has it despite away for NS obligation|
|Duric and Isa Halim in a Lions' attacking play in second half.|
|Duric and skipper Shahril Ishak (left in red) celebrate the Lions' second goal.|
Speaking at the post-match press conference, Lions' Coach Raddy Avramovic said: “I looked at this game as continuity from the two excellent matches against Malaysia, and I hoped that in this game, they will give us more confidence and belief in ourselves for the match against Jordan.’’
"In the first half, our attacks were cut from midfield and we couldn’t keep possession in the opponent’s half. And when you can’t do that, you cannot create chances, we then changed the positions of a few players during the break, and the team looked a lot better.” added the Serbian tactician
|Shaiful Esah's (3) deflected effort opened the account of the evening|
“I warned my players of Singapore’s set pieces as they have a few variations and we were punished by Singapore’s No.3 Shaiful Esah. But we had a couple of chances in the second half but it was not enough.” said coach Weiss on thoughts of the first goal conceded by his team.
JUST LIKE 'WESTLIFE' CONCERT
Nonetheless, to the largely Filipinos crowds the result meant secondary when it was a chance to get up close to their sporting idols who flew in for this international friendly.
Just a friend who remarked,"Are we at a 'WESTLIFE' concert?"
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(Quotes from the coaches extracted from the FAS media release issued after the game.)