Lee calls for defensive improvement at Home

Home United coach Lee Lim-saeng is hoping his side get better at the back for the second round of the 2012 Great Eastern-YEO's S.League campaign.

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The Protectors are currently second on the table at the halfway stage of the campaign and are just five points behind leaders DPMM FC.

But while they have had the second-best attack in the competition with 26 goals, Home have been extremely shaky at the back and have often struggled to keep out even the most toothless of opposition attacks.

Lee reveals defence has been the one area he has been looking to improve over the mid-season break, and is hoping the signing of Faliq Sudhir, who came to awareness after impressing in the reality television show First XI, will help bolster his backline.

"We are in second place now and I'm hoping we'll be able to catch up with DPMM FC," the former Korea Republic international told ESPNSTAR.com in an exclusive interview. "We've only finished half the season and there are still a lot of points up for grabs.

"In our mid-season friendlies, we haven't been playing badly but we still showed weaknesses in defence. That's something I still have to solve.

"Considering we aren't stable at the back, I have been looking for possible reinforcements which is why we took Faliq.

"He isn't perfect but he has potential and if he tries to work hard with the team, he can also play a role for us. Now, he needs to get used to Home United and pass the beep test and whether or not he plays depends on his own effort."

Lee admits the Protectors haven't had the most ideal of mid-seasons as a number of key individuals have been called up for international duty, and lamented on the club's inability to sign Aliff Shafaein, who has since joined SAFFC from Tanjong Pagar United.

"We haven't been able to get the full team together because Shi Jiayi and Qiu Li are away on international duty with Singapore, while Franklin [Anzite] was also called up for the World Cup qualifiers in Africa.

"I also really wanted to sign Aliff from Tanjong Pagar but unfortunately couldn't get him - SAFFC have taken him."

Home get their campaign back underway on Sunday when they take on sixth-placed Balestier Khalsa, a side with the league's best defensive record.

Having played out a 0-0 draw with the Tigers in the opening round of the season, Lee expects another tough test at the Toa Payoh Stadium this weekend although he insists nothing less than a win will be acceptable.

"We drew 0-0 with them [Balestier] in the first round of the season - they really defended well," Lee admitted.

"We know their style of play; they score few goals but also concede very little.

"Especially at their home ground, it won't be easy but I think we should get the three points and we will try our best."

Following Sunday's trip to Balestier, Home face another away game five days later when they travel to the Jurong West Stadium to play Gombak United.



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