Warriors, Protectors each focused on reviving their season

Home United coach Philippe Aw puts his charges through their paces ahead of today's game against Warriors FC. The Protectors have been training to reduce defensive errors that led to easy goals conceded and Aw wants his side to be more vigilant in th
Home United coach Philippe Aw puts his charges through their paces ahead of today's game against Warriors FC. The Protectors have been training to reduce defensive errors that led to easy goals conceded and Aw wants his side to be more vigilant in that department.ST PHOTO: MARCUS TAN

S-LEAGUE

Warriors FC v Home United
Jalan Besar Stadium, 7.45pm

When Warriors FC take on Home United at Jalan Besar Stadium tonight, each side will have different priorities compared to their earlier encounter this season.

Their 2-2 draw in the S-League's opening weekend in February was billed as a clash of title contenders. But with the Warriors and Protectors languishing in mid-table, both are more focused on getting their seasons back on track.

Home own the league's second-worst defensive record after the Garena Young Lions - shipping 12 goals, five in their last two matches. They lie sixth in the league, level on nine points with the fifth-placed Warriors.

Home coach Philippe Aw is determined to improve on this statistic. He said: "We have done a review after round one and defensively, we have to be more stingy - we are too generous. Sometimes, it has boiled down to individual errors and lapses in concentration."

The 39-year-old also noted Home's tendency to concede from set-pieces and said: "The goals that we let in are easy ones - penalties, free kicks and, against Albirex, we conceded two from corners.

"We spoke about it, and worked on our mistakes during training - basically knowing we have to stop giving away goals."

In contrast, Warriors coach Jorg Steinebrunner is more concerned with the team's poor finishing in front of goal.

He said: "We've (scored) 10 goals in seven games, but I feel we still can do much better. Our last game against Hougang, which we lost, we didn't deserve that. We had three or four clear-cut chances to kill the game but never took them."

"Throughout the past seven matches, we've had many opportunities to score two or three more in a match. For the rest of the season, we are looking to be more clinical up front and take our chances."

This season, six of Warriors' 10 goals have come from the league's joint-second top scorer Jonathan Behe. The other four, however, have come from four different players - leaving the Warriors without another consistent goal threat.

Home defender Sirina Camara is aiming to look past his side's defensive frailty ahead of the match and said: "We must go there with the win in mind and also need to defend better. Learning from our training sessions, our past errors can be corrected."

League leaders Albirex Niigata, on 17 points, will be travelling to Bandar Seri Begawan tonight to take on reigning champions Brunei DPMM, who are currently in fourth place with 14 points.

WARRIORS V HOME
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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 22, 2016, with the headline 'Home looking to shore up leaky defence'. Print Edition | Subscribe