Young Lions take on Stags next

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The Young Lions will take on Tampines Rovers FC in the Great Eastern-Hyundai S.League at Jalan Besar Stadium on Tuesday night.

The Stags will be coming into the game after a convincing 5-1 win over Hougang United FC in a league encounter on Saturday, while the Young Lions narrowly lost 1-0 to leaders Albirex Niigata FC (S) in their last match.

The developmental side put up a gutsy display as they matched the White Swans for the most part on Friday night, but were eventually edged out.

Judging from the performance alone, Young Lions Coach Vincent Subramaniam is hopeful his charges can get something out of this game.

“We play Tampines next, another strong side in Singapore football, and we hope to put in the same gutsy performance as we did against Albirex,” he said.

“A win is something that has eluded us for some time but perhaps with some luck we can win or at least get a draw.”

But the 62-year-old insists there is still room for improvement for his team.

“There’s a lot of work ahead of us,” Subramaniam noted.

“In the league, the most important thing is consistency. We also want to get them fitter, polish [up] basics and put in the tactical things and work on their mental approach. They are not really raw but we need to work hard at polishing them.  

“I have 18 players and used 14 against Albirex – perhaps I have to do some rotation as well. But let’s not forget Young Lions are not here to win the league, but to gain experience.

“I hope in future we can win more games but we still have to look at the developmental aspect and give those on the bench a chance to play.”

The match will kick off at Jalan Besar Stadium at 7.30pm on Tuesday 12 September 2017.