|Coach Kraljevic speaking to the media (credit: Playmaker)|
Said the Singapore permanent resident:"This is the only second time we used the pitch after it was closed for maintenance and I am feeling okay and relief after able to do so after a month,
"I thought we started promising for the first twenty minutes
Taking onto the field last evening saw the Tigers paraded their all their new imports - namely defender Emir
Particularly, Croatian striker Miroslav Kristic shown his class in this hastily-arranged match by scoring two goals in the sixth and 63rd minute** against the Johoreans that eventually halted the guests' fine record in recent weeks against Singaporean sides (prior to this match, JDT II notched up 3-1 victories against both Hougang United and Courts Young Lions).
Said the 50-year-old:"We will be expecting more from them (the foreign players) and have to raise the bar to do better than Goran (Ljubojević) and Kim (Min-
In spite of that, the former midfield maestro is not in a rush to fix up a few more friendlies to get his team in shape for their maiden AFC Cup tournament opener, which is due to kick off in late February against either Kitchee or Sun Pegasus.
"I just want to take things slowly and step by step that I think we have more than enough time to get ready (for the AFC Cup), it's going to be tough as we will have to travel away for four days (to play in this tournament),
"Furthermore, we don't have a big squad which something not ideal, but we just have to try to do our best and stay injury free."
(** While there was a dispute on whether Kristic was the scorer of the two goals, the final update was based on the update provided by Balestier Khalsa's FB page which linked from the bold italic text)