Albirex coach Naruki Naruo said: "We knew it was going to be difficult and they made it difficult for us in the first half because they defended well and they also got the first goal.
"But in the second half, I told the players to be more relaxed and calm with the ball and I asked the central midfielders to move the ball wide so that we could get crosses in for our strikers and our second half performance was much better and we managed to score the important goals and get the three points."
Hougang coach, K Balagumaran, on the other hand, was left scratching his head as to when and how his team will collect the full three points, even if they are still in the top half and fourth on 19 points.
He said: "It's painful. We had a gameplan coming into the match and I think we did well in the first half. We defended well and scored the first goal and I thought we could sustain the lead.