Dooley cuts into excessive Singapore 'time-wasting' tactics

Philippine coach Thomas Dooley criticised Singapore's “time-wasting” tactics in the 0-0 draw the two teams played out on Saturday in their opening match of the 2016 AFF Suzuki Cup on Saturday.

The former United States international cut a frustrated figure after the game with the hosts having had chances to take all three points.

However, the fancied Akzals were unable to find way through the strong Lions backline and Dooley felt that Singapore had deliberately tried to run down the clock.

“We all know that time-wasting to an extent is part of the game of football,” Dooley told FourFourTwo. “But tonight we saw too much.”

Singapore's ambitions were curtailed by the first half sending-off of Hafiz Sujad as the team retreated deeper up the pitch.

“I would like to know why, after all that had gone on, there were only five minutes of added time,” said Dooley. “And in those five minutes, there was more time-wasting with the goalkeeper going down again and needing treatment.”

When players go down injured then they should have to leave the pitch for a certain amount of time. It is the only way to stop this kind of thing.

As well as the frustration for the hosts, looking to get to the final for the first time in this tournament, Dooley believes it is not a good spectacle for the fans.

“In Asia, there is talk of trying to get 60 minutes of actual play in every game. Tonight there was probably something like 35 minutes," he said.

"Something should be done about it. When players go down injured then they should have to leave the pitch for a certain amount of time. It is the only way to stop this kind of thing.”

The Philippines take on Indonesia on Tuesday at the Philippine Sports Stadium and Dooley is refusing to underestimate the threat.

“We know that they are a good team and we show some of their game against Thailand,” said the coach who was appointed in 2014. “They have talent in attack and caused Thailand some problems. We have to move forward and prepare well for this game.”

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