Pennock pleased with crucial point against Warriors

|     Fadhil Yunus     |

BRUNEI DPMM FC head coach Adrian Pennock highlighted the importance of gaining a crucial point during the 3-3 draw against Warriors FC in a drama-filled AIA Singapore Premier League clash at the Jurong East Stadium in Singapore last Saturday.

The league leaders saw a two-goal advantage slip but the momentum of the game seemed to favour the hosts after the dismissal of Nurikhwan Othman just after the hour mark.

Warriors’ winger Gabriel Quak scored from the spot after Sahil Suhaimi was adjudged to have been brought down before Suhaimi restored parity in the 78th minute and rejuvenated his side’s hopes of a winner. But DPMM FC hung on for the point amid a late barrage from the Warriors attack.

“I’m pleased with the point. I think this could be a massive point for us with things happening in the game. I can’t fault the players,” said Pennock in a post-match interview with the Singapore media.

Pennock accepted that the dismissal of Nurikhwan, who was shown a straight red that led to a penalty converted by Gabriel, changed the game.

The head coach also heaped praise on the performance of goalkeeper Wardun Yussof who made a point-winning save late in the match to deny an attempt on goal by Khairul Nizam.

“Our goalkeeper Wardun made two or three fantastic saves,” he said.

Pennock indicated that Wardun’s save on Khairul drew parallels with England legend and World Cup winner Gordon Banks.

“I don’t know if you remember a gentleman called Gordon Banks. That save at the end was just like Gordon Banks’ save. I thought it was fantastic.

“Wardun is 37 and going on 18. He trains very hard every day. I have to look at his birth certificate. I can’t believe he’s 37. Honestly, he’s been fantastic,” he said.

File photo shows Brunei DPMM FC players celebrating after scoring a goal against Warriors FC. – SINGAPORE PREMIER LEAGUE