Aw vows to take game to Tampines

Despite a slow start to the season which has seen his side collect just a solitary point from two games, Home coach Philippe Aw said it is not something he loses sleep over.

Home United coach Philippe Aw has vowed to go for the kill and not sit back despite facing a Tampines Rovers side which has scored 11 goals in their last three games.

The likes of Jermaine Pennant, Jordan Webb and Billy Mehmet is expected to start for the Stags, but the ‘JJB’ combination does not intimidate Aw.

Tampines' holy trinity, Pennant, Mehmet and Webb. Photo by: Weixiang Lim / FourFourTwo

“We will go for a win, and we will do it with our own style of attacking football,” Aw stated. “We will not play as Hougang did against us, where they were only looking to disrupt the play.

“You will not see us trying to steal a win by playing ugly football. No, my boys will go out there on Thursday to play good, attacking football.

“We separated ourselves from other teams last season through the brand of football we play and we will persist with it,” he asserted.

As it stands, Home have only collected a solitary point after two games. A 2-2 draw with Warriors FC in their opener was followed by a 1-0 defeat by Hougang United.

But Aw is still a figure of calm, insisting that it is still too early days to press the panic button.

“We would have to worry if we aren’t creating chances,” Aw said. “But in the two games that we have played so far, we have dominated and created many chances to score.

“(In the first game) against Warriors, we could have been three or four goals up in the first half.  

“What is wrong with us right now is that we are not putting the ball into the net. We need to work on our finishing and have the composure to put the ball into the net. “

Home United’s Danish hitman Ken Ilso terrorised defences last season and plundered in 13 goals despite missing almost a third of the season due to injury, but he has yet to open his account this season.

Ilso not worried with his form. Photo by: Weixiang Lim / FourFourTwo

It may seem worrisome but Aw explained that Ilso is still acclimatising to a new role in the team.

“Last season, Ken(Ilso)was our main striker – he was the focal point of our attack, but this season we have (Khairul) Nizam and Irfan (Fandi) in the central attacking positions so we have shifted Ken out to the left side,” Aw shared.

“Being on the left means he has less space to operate from so it will take some time for him to become completely comfortable in it.”

Ilso himself is not worried by his lack of goals, even if the next foe he has to face is Singapore’s current number one and Tampines goalkeeper, Izwan Mahbud.

“In general, I never look at the goalkeepers I play against. I am sure we have enough qualities to beat him,” Ilso added.

“I don’t know if he (Izwan) was in goal against Geylang, but if Geylang can score three times against Tampines, we can also score three times.

Likewise, Aw believes Home United fans will soon see the best of Faris Ramli.

Faris to come good soon, Aw believes. Photo by: Weixiang Lim / FourFourTwo

“Coming from the LionsXII, it was a very different set up. Faris is still learning to play our style of football,” he added.

“With every training session, I can see him gelling better with his teammates, and I am very confident that Faris will light up the league sooner rather than later, perhaps even this Thursday against Tampines.”