Singapore needed six defenders to shut down Philippines – Hassan Sunny

Singapore goalkeeper Hassan Sunny was awed by Philippines quality and equally delighted with the team's battling performance during Saturday's 0-0 draw in their Suzuki Cup opener.

Hassan was in fine form for the Lions, making a string of saves from the likes of Stephan Schrock and Hikaru Minegishi before pulling off a flying save in injury time to prevent a first game defeat.

“Even from the start it was so difficult for us,” the goalkeeper told FourFourTwo. “We started with, I think, six defenders as we had to protect ourselves. It is not easy.

"They have some good players and they are at home.”

The sending off of Hafiz Sujad in the first half put more pressure on the Singapore backline for almost one hour.

“We were down to ten men for a large part of the game and we had to work as hard as we can,” said Hassan, adding that he understood the co-hosts' frustrations at Singapore's defensive approach.

“We had to do what we had to do. It may be a disappointing result from their point of view but with ten men, we can't play an open game.”

“It was a good point for us. It was a real team performance and credit to all of our players.”

The Thai-based custodian was modest about his own performance between the sticks, concluding: “I am feeling good at the moment. This was just the first game so there is a long way to go.”

Singapore continue their challenge against Thailand on Tuesday.