Karoglan happy with Fazrul partnership

SAFFC marksman Mislav Karoglan has spoken highly of strike partner Fazrul Nawaz and believes there's more to come from them this season.

Football News: Mislav Karoglan, SAFFC

By Gabriel Tan

The Warriors are currently seventh on the table at the halfway point of the 2012 Great Eastern-YEO's S.League campaign but despite an inconsistent campaign so far, the form of the SAFFC attack has given coach Richard Bok something to smile about.

Karoglan and Fazrul have combined for ten of the 21 goals the team have scored in their opening 12 games, and the 30-year-old has spoken highly of his team-mate as they prepare for the second round of the season.

"For me, Fazrul is one of the best Singaporean players - maybe the best locally-born player for me," Karoglan told ESPNSTAR.com in an exclusive interview.

"Fazrul is a really hardworking player. I've started playing behind him now for the last month.

"We're trying something different and we'll see how it goes. Fazrul is probably my best team-mate."

Karoglan however insisted there were still plenty of areas SAFFC could improve in, including holding on to the ball better when in possession.

"I'm not so sure if the attack has been working all that well," he revealed. "We always score but this isn't the way.

"The main problem is we need to maintain possession better as a team. I think this was the main problem in the first round."

And while the Warriors' inconsistent displays in the first round have left them with a huge task if they are to end up challenging for the league title, Karoglan insists there is little they can do but keep plugging away and hope for some joy in the RHB Singapore Cup, where they are scheduled to play Home United in the quarter-finals.

"We aren't very satisfied with the situation in the league," the Croatian added. "But we can't change anything about that.

"We can only look ahead and try to close the gap, and hopefully get somewhere in the Singapore Cup. In sport, you always need to believe.

"We have Home United, who are probably the toughest opponents but if you want to win, you need to beat the big teams."

SAFFC get the second round of their campaign underway against Albirex Niigata on Sunday, a side that beat them 3-2 earlier this season.

Karoglan believes winning the ball from the technically-gifted White Swans and holding on to it will be key in deciding this weekend's clash at the Choa Chu Kang Stadium.

"In the last two years, we have had a problem with Albirex," he admitted. "This is because we haven't been able to keep possession against them.

"They keep the ball very well, they mix up their positions and if they are allowed to play their game, we'll be in trouble."

Karoglan was named last year's S.League Player of the Year after topping the goalscoring charts with 33 goals.

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