|Shaky Moments in Guam's six-yard|
However, with the outcome against a side, who were once thrashed 21-0 by North Korea in 2005, the suggestion made in that article is now seen as a tall order for Singapore football to get back on their feet anytime soon.
Despite facing barrage of criticism after strings of poor results, national coach Bernd Stange is still able to put something out of his book of excuses to brace the music after salvaging a 2-2 draw Guam at the Jalan Besar Stadium.
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Said the 67-year-old:"After the two-nil loss to Thailand, we find it hard to get the rhythm coming this game,
"We did improve in the second half and after the game went two-all, we tried to win but we couldn't and it could be better."
"While unfortunately we couldn't win this match, the way we played is the way I like and I believe we are in right direction ahead for our World Cup (Qualifiers) preparation."
|Gabriel Quak (7) added fluency on right in |
|Faris Ramli (11) headed home to level the score|
The American-born attacking midfielder was such a menacing player that he constantly disturbed Singapore backline with his pace and eventually saw his penetration from the right into the penalty area that led to the first goal of the night when he laid it back to allow Shawn Nicklaw, another US-based player to open the account from close range in the 37th minute.
The hosts did show some decency with the introduction of Lions XII winger Gabriel Quak after the interval with some injection of fluency in their attacking play from the right, which eventually paid off in the 54th minute with a Faris Ramli equalizer off a header in the box.
|Both Safuwan (21) and Hariss (14) are overseas-based Lions|
"It was an entertaining game for the fans," uttered Guam's coach Gary White."I am pleased with what I saw and it's a perfect preparation for us before the World Cup Qualifiers."
"Tactically, we picked it up along the game and I feel it is a great result, however, I felt we should have won this game and a draw like this feels like a loss that we can't take international game lightly." added the Englishman who is instrumental in rising the footballing standard of the one-time whipping boys of the game in recent years.