|Izwan Mahbud ended his first club continental venture|
Nonetheless, the Stags shouldn't be faulted for tried all means to put themselves back on level terms when they signalled their intention right from the start with the series of offenses they launched towards the team from Bangalore who elected to opt for a safety first approach by being the absorber of those raids.
|Amrinder Singh (1) raised above all to fist the ball|
|Hafiz Abu Sujad (16) tried his luck from a distance|
When asked after the match if such execution of plan by their opponents was a successful one against his luckless side, Tampines' coach Akbar Nawas felt otherwise.
“Do you think so?” replied Coach Akbar when the question was fielded by a member of the media. “I think they (Bengaluru) were tenacious in closing down our attacks by disrupting our midfield, so I don't think so.”
|John Johnson (left) got Irwan Shah (right) covered|
"We will have to go into deeper analysis, both technically and mentally, to find out the reason why (we couldn't score)," lamented Coach Akbar on those ruined opportunities which he attributed to reasons like the absence of key players like striker Fazrul Nawaz and midfielder Shahdan Sulaiman.
Despite crushing out from the tournament, it is definitely one of the better showings in this second-tier club competition by the five-time S.League champions in recent years who last made it to the quarter-final stage back in 2007 against Al-Faisaly of Jordan.
|Johnson (left) tussled with Yasir Hanapi (13) for the ball|
“We tried our best and played our hearts out and the players deserved a pat on their back for the efforts shown that I hope this run will extend from here.” added Coach Akbar whose side will resume their league fixtures on 1st of October when they take on defending champions Brunei DPMM at Jurong West.