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FFT Ratings: Tampines had three players sent off, so how did we rate them?

Tampines Rovers' 2017 season did not get off to a good start, with three of their players sent off in a 2-1 defeat to Albirex Niigata (S). Who did perform on the night? FourFourTwo dishes out the ratings. 

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Izwan Mahbud – 6

Didn’t do much wrong in the first half, but was arguably at fault for the second goal when he was caught in no man’s land. Was hapless for the first goal.

Ismadi Mukhtar 6

The full-back had a decent game down the right flank, although he could have tracked Naofumi Tanaka better in the build-up to the second goal. He was sent off in injury-time for reasons that are unclear, catching everyone by surprise.  

Madhu Mohana 7

The Tampines captain had a superb first half and could not be faulted for either goal in the second. Tracked his players well and did everything right until the 89th minute, when he was sent off for what was perceived to be a dangerous challenge by referee Sukhbir Singh.

Izwan could've helped prevent the second goal (file photo)

Fahrudin Mustafic 6

Had a decent outing until the second half, when everything seemed to go wrong for him. He was caught out of position for Albirex’s first goal and did not track Shoichiro Sakamoto’s run for the second. Was replaced by Jufri Taha in the 86th minute.  

Daniel Bennett 6.5

The veteran had a solid game, but was arguably at fault for the second goal too when he failed to pick up the unmarked Shoichiro Sakamoto. He did earn a penalty in the second half, which teammate Ivan Dzoni failed to put away.

Irwan Shah 6

Did not offer enough penetration down the left flank and allowed Hiroyoshi Kamata to get past him down his side a tad too easily on certain occasions. He can certainly improve.

Son Yong Chan 8

Perhaps the best player on the pitch for the Stags. Covered almost every blade of grass and played with a lot of passion despite being tasked as the player to do the dirty work.

Megumi put in plenty of effort

Yasir Hanapi 5.5

Tireless runner throughout, but conceded too many silly fouls which saw him pick up two yellow cards in the second half. Given that Yasir is a Singapore international, it was poor of him and changed the game.

Ryutaro Megumi 6

Good finish with his head to open the scoring. Can’t be faulted for a lack of trying, given that at times it looked like he was the only Tampines player interested in taking on Albirex’s defenders. Faded towards the end, especially with Tampines having a numerical disadvantage.

Syed Haziq 5

Given a surprise start but the youngster looked severely out of his depth and was duly hauled off for Hafiz Rahim in the 30th minute.

Ivan Dzoni 6

Provided the assist for Tampines’ only goal with a good cross. He also earned the penalty for the second goal, but sent it against the cross bar after being ordered to retake it. Replaced by Amri in the 67th minute.

Dzoni had a mixed debut for the Stags

Subs 

Hafiz Rahim 6

Brought on in the 30th minute for Syed Haziq, but could not do much to influence the game in an unfamiliar deep midfield role.

Khairul Amri 6

Came on for Dzoni but did not have the desired impact Tampines were looking for. Smashing a free-kick against the wall was perhaps his most telling contribution. Had a couple of penalty shouts too, but the referee wasn’t that impressed.

Jufri Taha – N/A

Came on for Mustafic with just four minutes to play, presumably to add some fresher legs to deal with the Albirex onslaught. 

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