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The Protectors took the game to Balestier and left the Toa Payoh Stadium with resounding 4-0 victory thanks to goals from Song Ui-young, Lee Kwan-woo, Jordan Webb and Hafiz Rahim.
However, Home will be devoid of Webb's services for their upcoming game against Warriors FC after the Canadian punched Jaslee Hatta in retaliation to the Balestier man's late tackle.
With Protectors in total control of the game when the incident took place, possessing a comfortable three-goal cushion and a one-man advantage, Webb's gesture left his coach a disappointed man.
"I appreciate the players' effort, but Jordan's [Webb] red card is a pity. I am very sad about it," Lee revealed to reporters after the game.
"Hopefully he'll become a more experienced player and not do that the next time."
Webb's fellow goal-scorer Lee Kwan-woo was much more of a model professional, weaving his way through the Tigers' defence to score his second-half strike before being substituted to enthusiastic applause in the 80th minute.
His marvellous display earned praise from his boss, who was pleased with the 35-year old's performances so far this season.
"Lee Kwan-woo demonstrated a lot of positivity in the team. He always tries to co-operate with his team-mates," Home coach Lee shared.
"Even though he does not speak English, he always tries to communicate with the players. I respect his effort."
The triumphant boss was also quick to express his gratitude to the other Protectors stalwarts and urged them to continue setting good examples for the younger members of his squad.
"We have experienced players like Lee Kwan-woo, Indra [Sahdan Daud], Noh Rahman," Lee pointed out.
"Most of the senior players have been a good example to the young players. This is very important for the future of Home United. I appreciate their effort and attitudes."
Keen to move on from this defeat, Balestier coach Darren Stewart was not interested in discussing the technicalities behind the loss.
The Australian admitted that Home were the better side and made no excuses for the Tigers' finishing empty-handed in the game.
"I think it was a fair scoreline. We played poorly. It had nothing to do with the red cards. It's just the normal standard of refereeing here," Stewart stated.
"We got whacked 4-0 by a better team. You can't make excuses when you're thrashed by a better team. You put your hand up and you move on, and hope you do better in the next game. We could sit here all night and discuss all the goals but they could probably have had a few more."
Balestier are in action again next Tuesday when they travel to Hougang United, while the Protectors' next S.League fixture against the Warriors takes place on April 14.
Image courtesy of Home United FC (Jaron Lee)