By Abhishek Mehrotra
The Stags romped to an easy win thanks to a hat-trick from new signing Sead Hadzibulic, but could have easily had three or four more, especially in the first half when they played the Rams off the park.
"They tried their best to get as many goals as possible, but sometimes the ball just does not want to go in. So we got three goals, but it would have been better if we had got more," bemoaned Tan.
Both Aleksandar Duric and Jamil Ali had great opportunities to add to the tally, but failed to grasp them. Tan felt Duric in particular simply did not have his shooting boots on.
"Even if I'd put Alex for one more hour, he would not have scored today [Tuesday]," he said.
Of course, Hadzibulic's hat-trick was a huge positive for the Stags, who went to the top of the table with Tuesday's win, and the coach was quick to point out the Serbian's positive qualities.
"Sead could have scored more. You all have seen him for the past few games - he's very good technically. All his goals, they're all about placement and he works hard also."
The forward's exploits somewhat overshadowed the return of Noh Alam Shah, who came on as a substitute for Duric in the 68th minute, but failed to make much of an impact.
"Noh Alam Shah should be ready for the League Cup [which starts on July 26]. It's not about his fitness, it's more about developing an understanding with his teammates. They must know how he plays. Half the team are playing for the first time with him," stressed Tan.
"[But] now at least when I look at the bench, I have somebody to call upon on the attacking side. He also strikes fear into defenders, so they won't be that gung-ho. Finally, I have 18 quality players now to choose from."
Later Tan came back to the chances his side had passed up to give the scoreline an even more dominant look, hoping it would not come back to haunt him in terms of goal-difference later in the season.
"After going up 2-0, we became a bit sloppy, and we let them play. After half time, we started working again. We must be able to kill these types of games. I don't want to come back and think about this game if we lose the league on goal difference."
Tampines are currently second in the table, a point behind Albirex Niigata, although they have played one game less than the Japanese outfit. Tan's men will take on Tanjong Pagar on Friday, July 20.
While the Stags are vying for top honours, Woodlands are above Geylang United on goal difference at the bottom end of the table, and assistant coach Clement Teo admitted his side's performance in the first-half cost them dearly in the end.
"We gave the first two goals away," he said.
"Like any other game, the minute you make some silly errors, there goes the confidence level. Both goals were gifts.
"The players were frustrated at half-time, but we had a good talk. We kept possession well on many occasions in the second-half but not in the first. In the first we were winning it and then giving it away."
However, the home side simply could not get a goal despite an improved performance after the interval, and the frustration caught up with head coach Salim Moin, who was dismissed to the stands after venting his spleen at the fourth official.
"[It was] nothing much, just out of frustration, he walked out the technical area to vent his views, and it's against the laws of the game," admitted Teo.
He was also asked about the return of Alam Shah, and gave his full backing to the striker.
"Running a beep test in the morning, and coming to play - he's human and he's not young. Give him some time, and he will make an impact," he said.
"He's a good player, else he would not have gone to play in Indonesia, and they really adore him there from what I understand. And it's good for Singapore football to be bringing someone like him back. All the best to him, and hopefully he makes a good impact."
Woodlands will play another ailing side, Balestier Khalsa, on Friday as they bid to get their campaign back on track.