| Fadhil Yunus |
DPMM FC head coach Adrian Pennock’s positive approach of bringing on Razimie Ramlli as a replacement for the injured Yura Indera Putera proved to be a tactical masterstroke during the 3-0 win over Geylang International FC at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium last week.
The forward made an instant impact after he helped the Gegar Gegar men win a penalty and scored his side’s third goal during a memorable debut.
“When Yura went down injured, I wanted to be positive so instead of putting another defender on, I wanted to put another centre forward on. We knew we could score another goal so tactically I think we got that right,” said DPMM FC head coach Adrian Pennock said in a post-match interview with the Bulletin.
“Belanda (Razimie Ramlli) came on and got a penalty for us and scored a goal which was fantastic,” he further continued.
The forward’s contributions proved to be a critical moment in the match as the hosts eased to victory in the latter stages of the game.
Asked on his instant impact, Pennock said, “His impact was fantastic. We won the game and I was pleased Andrei (Varankou) scored another goal. That does his confidence a world of good.
“I think as a team, as a squad collectively, we were very good. We did not concede a goal again.”
DPMM FC goalkeeper Wardun Yussof, who was appointed as captain, was kept relatively quiet during the match.
“I can’t remember Wardun (Yussof) having any saves to make. Obviously there was a little bit of a scare in the first half.
“But that’s two games now where Wardun hasn’t made any save, which is fantastic. So as a team and as a unit, I am very pleased.”
The head coach added that there is still room for improvement for his charges as the season progresses.
“I think we can play better and I think we will get better as the season goes on. I said to the players just then that we have two fantastic results.”
He was also very pleased with the result having seen his side scored four goals and conceding none.
“I’m very pleased with the result. To score three goals and have another clean sheet is very good. We scored four goals in two games and two clean sheets which are excellent,” he said.
Meanwhile, opposite number Geylang International FC Head Coach Noor Ali said that the 3-0 defeat did not reflect their performance.
“DPMM FC started well in the game but in the second half they were nowhere near us. They never created any chances until the penalty,” said Ali in a post-match interview.
“To be honest, I thought we could have equalised with Syahiran (Miswan) and Amy (Recha). But this is football when you’re 1-0 down, you push forward and you put more men forward.
“Basically, they (DPMM FC) were just pumping the ball and chased everywhere. But to be fair to them, they worked really hard, defended well and made things hard for us to get the equaliser,” he continued.
“I’m not disappointed with the performance, the boys did very well but maybe we could have cut off the mistakes and it will not happen again.”
The Geylang head coach revealed that Fikri Junaidi’s injury in the first half altered their game plan adding that goalkeeper Zainol Gulam suffered a broken nose in the last 10 minutes of the game.
The Eagles encountered a serious problem when the goalkeeper appeared to have struggled with an injury when he came crashing down to the turf for a second time and in need of medical attention.
They have also used all their subs and Ali revealed defender Jufri Taha would have taken his place had he been unable to continue playing.
“He said that he can stay on. I’m very proud of him that he stayed on for the team. Even in the last 10 minutes he says that he can’t even see at that point of time.
“I don’t blame him for the effort and we can’t do anything much with the two goals. At least he stayed on and fought for the team,” he said.