Good organisation helped to unlock Albirex, says Pennock

Fadhil Yunus

DPMM FC head coach Adrian Pennock stressed the importance of proper team organisation after their 2-0 win against Albirex Niigata (S) in the AIA Singapore Premier League at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium in Berakas recently.

The victory has propelled the Gegar Gegar men to the top of the league with a two-point lead over second-placed Hougang United with a game-in-hand.

The win – a first in 10 meetings spanning a three-year period – ensured that the White Swans are out of contention in the title race, effectively ending their three-year championship reign.

Pennock indicated that good organisation is crucial to unlocking the notoriously difficult Albirex.

“We have to be organised against Albirex. We can’t just play the game off the cuff,” said Pennock in a post-match interview with the Bulletin yesterday.

The head coach emphasised the need to convert their chances while staying organised against an opposition that have been built as being hard to beat.

DPMM FC players in a team photo. PHOTO: INFOFOTO

“It was a case of taking our chances. When our chances came, we took them,” the Ipswich-born continued.

The former Gillingham manager pointed out the strength of the Albirex side despite keeping a third clean sheet against them, with the other two meetings ended in a goalless stalemate.

“They’re a very good footballing side. They are the hardest team to play in this league,” he added.

“If you go 1-0 down against them, then it’s very hard to come back because they do keep the ball very well.

“So it was just being patient and our work ethic was fantastic. We scored two very good goals.”

The head coach explained that their pressing caused the errors from the Japanese side, with substitute Razimie Ramlli playing the role to devastating effect.

“We were pressing in good areas. Belanda (Razimie), Adi (Said) and Andrei (Varankou) were pressing so we were pressing in the middle of the park.

“Albirex are a very good side and to keep three clean sheets against them is excellent. But it’s only three points. I want the championship and if we can win the three games, it is ours,” the head coach said.