| Fadhil Yunus |
DPMM FC head coach Steve Kean claimed that the two free-kicks that his charges were deemed to have found guilty of, should not have been awarded in the first place, which ultimately led to two textbook finishes on their way to a 3-2 home defeat on Tuesday night.
“I disagree with that, totally. There were two free-kicks given and I disagree they were free-kicks to the extent that the player who was supposedly fouled came over to me at the end of the game and said coach that wasn’t a foul,” Kean exclaimed.
Kean described the awarding of both free-kicks ‘dubious’ but nevertheless credited the quality of the goals, the second of whom he felt would make it very difficult for keepers to keep it out, with the ball coming from the inside of the left post.
“Take nothing from Warriors they’ve finished their chances really well. They didn’t have many chances until we tried to open up and tried to chase the game. But they took their chances.”
Kean added that decisions come either way and he certainly felt that it was not his side found to be on the wrong end of the call.
Kean also felt that it may not have been a free-kick on a different day which ended up putting their title rivals in a strong position for a victory.
After relinquishing a lead and then falling behind from two identical decisions, Kean said that it was difficult to recapture the momentum though his side had stuck at it.
Shahrazen Said’s 90th minute goal sets up a thrilling finale as DPMM FC surged forward in search of a valuable point. However, missing the influence of Azwan Ali Rahman who had already been out injured, they failed to trouble the defence and making all of Hassan Sunny’s catches looked like training practice.
Warriors FC sat back on the closing stages but the hosts did not throw much artillery to at least conjure a final shot and a chance of snatching one point. They did not and now DPMM FC should be concerned with no points in two third round games.
“The biggest frustration for me is when it was five minutes to go we then tried to play long diagonal balls from the fullbacks into a very good goalkeeper instead of putting another pass in or working the ball into wider areas and then try to get crosses in into the final third instead in our own half,” said Kean.
With a commanding performance from Hassan Sunny, Kean may have felt that he could catch the ball all day.
As it have been for the majority of the season, Kean’s side still hold the championship lead by two points and they could not afford another defeat especially with three games remaining with their final home game at tricky Balestier Khalsa and Albirex Niigata to go.
Win two of these games and a draw might be enough against reigning champions Tampines Rovers FC but any result other than that could hand over the initiative to the chasing pack.
On the other hand, Warriors FC head coach Alex Weaver felt that the hosts fell down a bit too easily which unsettled their own game but praised his team’s character to rise from the challenge.
“I think we found it difficult to adjust to all the break- ups and the play (in the first half) as the Brunei players were throwing themselves on the ground easily,” Alex said.
Alex took the decision well when asked about the offside call involving Hafsyar Farkhan.
Warriors FC are back in contention again after the victory which also should be considered as welcoming news for defending champions Tampines Rovers FC.
Meanwhile, the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) President, Zainudin Nordin called for supporters to fill the stadiums to be a part of the S League buzz with its thrills and pure excitement this term.