| Fadhil Yunus |
DPMM FC Head Coach Adrian Pennock highlighted the good atmosphere within the squad ahead of a stern test against Hougang United at the Jalan Besar Stadium in Singapore tonight.
The Gegar Gegar men will face a Cheetahs side fresh from a stunning 2-1 victory over reigning holders Albirex Niigata (S) that ended their 48-game unbeaten record at the Jurong East Stadium.
“We’ve come off a very good win against Young Lions. I think everything last Saturday was very good. We possibly could’ve scored more goals and Wardun (Yussof) hadn’t had a shot to save in the entire game which is fantastic,” Pennock said in a match preview with the Bulletin.
“We know it is going to be a difficult game (against Hougang) but we are really looking forward to it. But there is no pressure on us. We’ve got no pressure on us at all.”
He continued, “We’re enjoying it and you can see today everybody is enjoying their football and training.”
Asked about plans to check Hougang’s attacking trio of Faris Ramli, Stipe Plazibat and Fazrul Nawaz, Pennock said, “I think we just have to play our game. They have some very good players but so have we.”
The Brunei-based outfit boast one of the best attacks and defences in the league and Pennock underlined the need to maintain their current form.
“It is very important from now to the end of the season. We’ve got to keep doing what we’ve been doing,” said Pennock whose side enjoy dominance in the goals, assists and clean sheets’ charts.
“We’re doing things right at the moment but we only have got nine games to go. If we keep repeating that for the next nine games, we will be very happy.”
The head coach heaped praise on his charges, especially on their defending capabilities.
“Wardun has been absolutely fantastic for us. He has been very good and so as all the 10 players in front of him.”
He added, “We defend from the front, we press and the front players need to have credit as well. The midfield works very hard in front of the defence and the defence has been solid.
“Everybody work hard defensively and everybody knows their roles. Going forward, we’ve been scoring goals as well so the balance is good. We’ve got to carry on and we’ve got to keep repeating, and hopefully come the end of the season, we might surprise a few people.”
DPMM FC defender Hanif Hamir has returned to fitness after sustaining a dead leg while midfielder Hendra Azam is suspended.