Match Preview: Geylang International vs Tanjong Pagar United
By Deepanraj Ganesan on 30 April 2014
Jorg Steinebrunner barking instructions at his players during a training session.
Geylang International welcome Tanjong Pagar United to the Bedok Stadium on Thursday as they look to snap a run of two consecutive 1-1 draws. Although the Eagles have been unbeaten for six games, their inability to convert their chances has seen them pick up only two points from the available six over the last two games.
In both matches, against Balestier Khalsa and more recently, Woodlands Wellington, the Eagles controlled large portions of the match but failed to finish off chances as a combination of woodwork and in form goalkeeping performances prevented them from converting their chances. Head coach Jorg Steinebrunner felt his team’s finishing will only improve. Speaking to Geylang International Media Team, he said: “After the match against Balestier Khalsa, we worked on our finishing and it showed against Woodlands, because we hit the target but unfortunately for us the post and keeper were in our way.”
Despite a lack of a final product, the steel and resilience in performances have seen Eagles defy tipsters and pundits alike in remaining unbeaten for six consecutive matches.
Tanjong Pagar United will arrive at the Bedok Stadium off the back of a spirited 1-1 draw against defending champions, Tampines Rovers. Their gutsy draw however, fails to hide what has been thus far a miserable season for the Jaguars. Languishing in 10th position in the table, the club has endured tough losses, notably a 4-0 loss to Home United.
The Eagles will be with a fully fit squad to face the Jaguars. One member of the Geylang International raring to go, will be former Tanjong Pagar winger Hafiz Nor, who was released by the Jaguars at the end of last season. Looking to prove a point, the winger said: “I will be putting in more than 100% in the match and I badly want to win.”
A return to winning ways will be on the agenda for the Eagles as they look to continue their march towards the summit. However, Jorg pointed out that a Patrick Vallée led side is always one to be wary of. He said: “I know him from his Etoile days. He always prepares his sides very well and I am sure when Tanjong Pagar United take us on, they will be very prepared. They have really good players and we must respect them.”
But the faith in his side shone through as he rallied his charges, saying: “Football wise and position wise in the table, we have come a long way since I came here. We know our strengths and we have to be confident against Tanjong Pagar United.”