Bala bemoans Gombak profligacy

Gombak United coach K. Balagumaran was once again left to rue his side's wastefulness in front of goal as they fell to a 2-1 loss to Home United on Saturday.

Football News: Home United vs Gombak United

By Gabriel Tan

The result leaves the Bulls third from bottom in the Great Eastern-YEO's S.League but like they have done many times this season, they created plenty of chances but just failed to find the back of the net.

Instead, they only had a one-goal lead to show for their efforts courtesy of Mustaqim Manzur's well-taken strike in the 25th minute, and that was cancelled out shortly after by a Frederic Mendy header, before Protectors substitute Indra Sahdan Daud came off the bench to grab a winner in the 58th minute.

Speaking after the match, Balagumaran lamented on his side's failure to put the game beyond doubt and reap the rewards of what he believes is good football that they are playing.

"Now you can see we are really lacking a finisher," he said. "We are playing good, attacking football but with the chances we created, we should have scored at least three in the first half.

"Then, Home United would not have had the chance to come back at us."

Balagumaran also revealed there was a small disagreement after the final whistle as some of his players blamed goalkeeper Zaiful Nizam for an error that led to Mendy's equaliser, although that was swiftly quashed by the Gombak boss.

"There was a brief argument when our keeper felt he was being blamed for the loss based on one mistake he made," he added. "Especially when the others made several mistakes in missing all the chances we created.

"But I told the players when we lose, we lose as a team and now we have to move on."

Home United assistant coach Baek Jong-seok admitted it was vital the Protectors got back to winning ways after losing to Balestier Khalsa 1-0 last weekend.

"We were disappointed last week that we failed to close the gap on [league leaders] DPMM FC," he said. "It was difficult to encourage and motivate the players.

"Today [Friday], we had three players missing - Franklin [Anzite], Kenji [Arai] was suspended and Lionel [Lewis]. Although it was difficult, it was vital we picked up the three points."

And despite Home being on the back foot for most of the first half, Baek insists he never had any doubt his side would be unable to go on and claim the victory.

"In our last match, we were dominating from the early stages but lost," he added.

"Today [Friday], we were again dominating so we were sure we could turn it back. We always believed in the players' abilities."

Both sides are next in action in the RHB Singapore Cup quarter-finals where Gombak will take on Hougang United, while Home take on derby rivals SAFFC in what is arguably the tie of the round.

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