Sundramoorthy: Our performance was not perfect

Tampines Rovers coach V. Sundramoorthy believes that his side still have room for improvement despite their 4-0 win over AFC Cup debutants Lt. Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club on Tuesday. 

The Singapore-based club only needed 66 seconds to register their first goal as striker Billy Mehmet scored off a corner from former Arsenal and Liverpool winger Jermaine Pennant.

Tampines midfielder Muhammad Hafiz doubled his side’s lead in the 33rd minute before Mohammad Afiq made it 3-0 in the 52nd minute. Two minutes later, Tampines were up 4-0 as Sheikh Jamal centre-back Topu Barman guided Pennant’s cross into his own net.

Despite having kicked off their AFC Cup campaign with a strong performance and secured their first victory in four games, Sundramoorthy admitted that his side still had a lot of work to do.

“We could be more clinical in front of goal, as goal difference could be decisive in the final crunch,” Sundramoorthy told the official AFC website. “Our engine still needs oiling and Sheikh Jamal caused some problems for us in the first half. Staying compact was the main thing, so we were trying our best not to concede today.”

Tampines, who currently sit atop the Group E standings with three points, will face Malaysian side Selangor FA on March 8.