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03/09/2018 | News release | Distributed by Public on 03/09/2018 00:03

AFC Cup Analysis: Tampines and JDT struggle for goals March 09 2018

The home side were looking to bounce back after a 4-1 loss to Persija Jakarta, while the visitors were hoping to do likewise after their loss to Song Lam Nghe An of Vietnam.

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Costly Turnovers

It's fair to say this game won't be remembered as a classic after both teams really struggled to gain any fluency in their play, regularly missing simple passes and turning over possession under little pressure.

This is highlighted by the respective passing graphs (see below) that show the amount of unsuccessful passes for both teams across the course of the 90 minutes.

For the home side those most guilty of turning the ball over were Daniel Bennett and Sariful Sulaiman, who had just 58% and 46% passing accuracy respectively from their combined total of 60 passes.

No Way Through

While JDT struggled to create regular chances, they did have their chances throughout the evening to break the deadlock, but standing in their way was Tampines Rovers custodian Syazwan Buhari.

The goalkeeper faced four shots on target, and ended the night with a 100% record by saving all four efforts.

His most impressive save came in the second half when he spectacularly saved Aidil Zafuan's effort from point blank, much to the frustration of the JDT defender.

Making an Impact

All you can ask of any substitute is to come on and influence the match, and that was certainly the case for Safiq Rahim last night.

The Malaysian international, who took over the captain's armband when he came on, was the standout player for JDT in the second half and looked like he might be the player capable of making something happen and turning the match.

In his 45 minutes on the pitch he completed 35 passes, almost more than every other JDT player on the pitch, and did so at an impressive accuracy of 86%.

His heat map (above) shows he was busy right across the park in the second half, dropping deep in midfield when needed but also getting forward trying to find a way through the resolute Tampines Rovers defence.