Eagles Ready To Build On Improved Form
Geylang International vs Brunei DPMM
(Thursday, 20 April, 7.30pm, Bedok Stadium)
Written by: Shawn Lim
A resurgent Geylang International will look to make it two wins out of two in the 2017 Great Eastern-Hyundai S.League when they welcome Brunei DPMM to Bedok Stadium on Thursday night.
The Eagles ended a string of bad results by beating Garena Young Lions 2-0 in their last game and are keen to ensure that they go on a good run of results.
There is also an added incentive for Geylang to grab all three points as this will be the last time they will play at Bedok in a while. Reason being, they will play their home games at Jalan Besar Stadium while work is done at the running tracks of the former.
After their victory over the Young Lions, Geylang forward Victor Coto believes the result has helped boost confidence but has warned against complacency.
“Winning always brings positive energy into the squad,” said the Costa Rican.
“We all have more confidence towards the next game against DPMM, obviously we can't think for even a second that it's going to be an easy game because there's no such thing in football.
“The last game against Young Lions was a tough game. Despite the victory, we still have a lot of work to do if we want to achieve a higher position in the league.”
Coto also feels that Geylang still have a lot more room for improvement and stressed that the only way forward is to work hard on the training ground.
“In football, as in life, there is always something to improve. It would be naive to think that we don't have anything to improve,” Coto explained.
“We train hard everyday to work more and more as a team, keep possession of the ball and make fewer mistakes.
“We have very professional coaches and players so it's only up to us to decide at which level we want to be.”
The Wasps will come into the match against the Eagles with only one win in their past five games and are starting to look like a club in full crisis mode.
However, Coto is still careful of the threat that the Wasps can pose and is refusing to take the Bruneians lightly.
“Facing a team that is coming from a defeat it's never easy,” said the 26-year-old.
“Actually in my opinion it's the opposite, they want revenge so they will try to get it against us.
“But still, we work thinking about us and our game, despite the other team's results. We must focus in working hard and creating more chances to score.”
In the DPMM camp, head coach Steve Kean is adamant that his team has to improve on the defensive aspect of their game and their teamwork.
“We know as a team we have to do better - both individually and collectively; we have to defend better. It shouldn't get to a stage where we need six goals to win at home,” said the Scot, following their 5-3 defeat to Warriors FC in their last game.
“That can't happen. We always look like we will score but also look like conceding. That is the first of all that we need to put right. We will move forward again and the good thing is we got another game in five days.
Geylang International - LWDLW
15/04/17 Garena Young Lions 0-2 Geylang International
08/04/17 Geylang International 0-4 Tampines Rovers
10/03/17 Warriors FC 1-1 Geylang International
04/03/17 Geylang International 2-0 Balestier Khalsa
27/02/17 Hougang United 2-0 Geylang International
Brunei DPMM - LLWLL
15/04/17 Brunei DPMM 3-5 Warriors FC
07/04/17 Balestier Khalsa 2-1 Brunei DPMM
02/04/17 Brunei DPMM 2-0 Hougang United
09/03/17 Albirex Niigata (S) 2-0 Brunei DPMM
03/03/17 Brunei DPMM 1-3 Home United
Head to Head (S.League)
11/08/16 Geylang International 1-1 Brunei DPMM
30/04/16 Brunei DPMM 1-2 Geylang International
20/02/16 Geylang International 1-1 Brunei DPMM
03/11/15 Geylang International 2-1 Brunei DPMM
05/08/15 Brunei DPMM 3-1 Geylang International