Champs Don't Quit
Grilled captain Moey Xin Seng
refused to let the back-to-back losses get him down. "The heavy pitch did us no favours, not to take anything from BuddyBoys. They were fiendishly hard to break down - Šablatúra was a rock - and they got the defensive basics down pat."
acknowledged that the criticism was beginning to pile up, but also that the team was trying their best to adjust. "Last season was, on hindsight, too much of a breeze. There's incredible pressure week in, week out right now, and most of the guys haven't exactly recovered from their exertions. It's not the best place to be in."
It was better for the Farmer Bunnies, who bounced back from their weekend downer against Ambush F.C., to defeat Real ChamWin F.C 2-0. Morgan Hu
was an early casualty of Kwek Yun Guang's indiscriminate slide-tackling, which gave Sunil Patel
a chance entry. Jon Benson
then put the Buns ahead from a corner shortly after, and Nurlan Ablaev
followed up with an intelligent off-the-ball run in the 36th minute.
laid out his expectations for a similar showing against FC Tobi 74 next Wednesday. "We're acquainted with how they operate, through our connections at the Birds. I'm eyeing a very deep run in the cup, which should be reasonable, if we stay careful."
Before this, Slovenian H.I. IV.44 club Murder Boners had sent Grilled International crashing out of the Hattrick International Cup, as International demonstrated few signs of having overcome their problems in possession. Ratano bin Omar
opened with his first goal in over two seasons, but G.I. would be swept aside from the 31st minute on, with Vaitiekus Sencovas' creative strike the beginning of the end.
Spanish playmaker Osertz Indurain
couldn't contain his disappointment with how some of his teammates had played, which seemed to have caused some friction within the squad. Head coach Roar Olaisen
wouldn't comment, which only added fuel to the fire.