Bok pleased with Warriors spirit

SAFFC coach Richard Bok was pleased with the way his players fought back to salvage a 3-3 draw against Home United at the Choa Chu Kang Stadium on Sunday.

A battle in the middle of the park.

Having lost their opening two Great Eastern-YEO's S.League games, plenty of pressure was on Bok to get the Warriors' title bid back on track.

And for much of the game, that did not look likely as Home twice held a two-goal advantage.

However, late goals from Tatsuro Inui and Fazrul Nawaz rescued an unlikely point for SAFFC, and Bok admits he was heartened by the determination his charges showed.

"I think the team worked very hard to get back from 2-0 and 3-1 down to earn a point," Bok said after the game.

"The team thoroughly deserved one point and we didn't deserve to be two goals down at certain stages of the game but having said that, the team worked very hard and hopefully we can build up the momentum from here."

Bok did admit his side had been lucky as a 12-minute interruption due to a lighting issue halted Home's momentum, and within moments of the restart, SAFFC scored their first goal when Fazrul fired home from close range.

"Sometimes maybe it's about a little bit of luck, whether it goes to your side or the other side, and luckily the luck went to us," Bok added.

"It [the interruption] was just at that point when we were 2-0 down  and when the lights came back on, we scored straight away. So it [the luck] was on our side.

"We have not been lucky in the last two games before we played Home, we had many chances but we didn't convert them. Hopefully we can build from this game."

Bok chose not to start Fazrul as the 26-year-old had only just returned from international duty with the Singapore national team.

Nonetheless, having seen the impact Fazrul made, Bok admits he is likely to start the Warriors No. 10 in their next game.

"He put two goals in [despite playing just] 17 or 18 minutes," the SAFFC boss added.

"Against certain teams we play a certain style but I think it's good for him to put in two goals and hopefully in the next game, he can continue scoring."

SAFFC have a bye this weekend and are next in action on March 16 when they entertain Courts Young Lions.



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