Sun Hei coach Tim Bredbury has urged his players to be more consistent after taking only one point from their first three matches.
The Shield champions, who will represent Hong Kong in the AFC Cup in the second half of the season, managed a draw against South China but suffered a humiliating 2-0 defeat by newly promoted Yokohama FC (HK) in their last match.
“We set a benchmark against South China,” Bredbury said. “We showed the quality of the team and everyone gave a hundred per cent. We could have taken all three points, but were unlucky.
“Against Yokohama, it was a poor performance. Certain players did not perform as they should have done. It’s something we need to learn. We need to be consistent, to keep the level we had against South China against all teams. If we can maintain that, we have confidence in our future.”
Bredbury, who joined from Rangers in the close season, admitted the team faced a tough task in the AFC Cup.
“It’s a big challenge for the AFC Cup,” he said. “The squad is not big enough as we brought in seven young players from relegated Sapling in the summer.
It’s going to be a learning process and the club needs to look at it like this. The players need to learn to play against different opposition from around the Asian region and as long as we give 100 per cent, win, draw or lose is not the biggest concern.”
The Canbo Senior Shield, meanwhile, kicks off today with BC Rangers taking on Citizen.