The Tigers came from behind to beat Home United 2-1 on Wednesday
Balestier Khalsa head coach Darren Stewart has praised his side’s fighting spirit after they overturned a 1-0 deficit to beat Home United in the S.League on Wednesday.
The Tigers are now unbeaten in their last 11 games in all competitions but it wasn’t all plain sailing after Lee Kwon-Woo’s 11th minute penalty nudged United into the lead at the Bishan Stadium.
However, a stunning free kick from Qiu Li just before half time and a header from captain Paul Cunningham in the 67th minute earned all three points for the visitors as they moved up to fifth in the table, leapfrogging The Protectors in the process.
Stewart was overjoyed with the resilience exhibited by his players after falling behind early on but was less than impressed with their listless start to the game and revealed it took a half time discussion to rouse the dressing room.
“It was a superb win,” he told Fox Sport Asia.
“In the first 25 minutes, we didn’t really compete and we just had to give a bit more effort. We were second to every ball and they won every challenge, but then we started to show our normal Balestier spirit and that’s what got us home in the end.
“We talked about that at halftime. What got us back was that we started to lift our intensity.”