|Disbelief for Balestier for the late goal conceded|
After all, the Johoreans were a much superior side that boast the likes of Malaysian internationals Safee Sali, Amri Yahyah and etc. on their payroll, but it was the show of sheer character with fighting spirit of the unheralded Singaporean side that won the hearts of those who watched them lost the game in dying moments in the encounter.
|Jonathan Xu (13) is playing his second AFC Cup tournament|
It would be the one of the two goals scored in the evening, should the earlier attempt by Amri in 86th minute was not ruled offside. However, the overall display by the team from the north side of the Causeway could only be described as average given the recent spate of injuries facing by their Croatian coach Bojan Hodak that saw him having to stretch his resources of late.
Other than that, it was also the well-drilled tactics by Coach Kraljevic that successfully kept the Harimau Selatan at the bay with swift closing down of play that denied to the Johoreans from gaining any advantage and with late strike in the 92nd minute of play had once cemented the term "Football is a CRUEL game".
|"Iggy" Ang (14) gave |
|Miroslav Kristic (11) edged out in an aerial duel|
"I thought we defended well in the game and you cannot just take anything from the English papers and put it as a question to me,
"We have done what we supposed to do and if we were lucky, we should have scored the first goal of the night but I think we did a great job and I am proud of my team." said the 50-year-old Croatian tactician after the match.
|JDT fans made their presence felt|
|JDT coach Bojan Hodak |
Said the former Jurong FC defender:"The way we played tonight is too slow and we are not sharp in the final third, we are also having a number of players came back after the injury and with Balestier parking the bus in front of their goal, it's not easy for them to concede a goal."