27 April 2014

Tosi: Our 12th man helped us win the game

Saturday, April 26, 2014

RODRIGO Tosi praised DPMM FC’s supporters after a healthy crowd at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium in Berakas helped propel them to a 4-1 win over Balestier Khalsa FC last night.
Speaking to the media after the match, the Brazilian said that playing at home with the local fans cheering them on is a blessing as it gave the hosts – who now lead the Singapore League – an edge over their opponents.
“Playing at home is always great, especially when we win,” smiled Tosi.
“We have great fans and they provide a great atmosphere. When the fans start cheering, it gives us that extra motivation to play better,” added the 30-year-old who now has a team high of nine goals for DPMM FC.
DPMM FC have been on a good run as of late, scoring a total of 15 goals in their last three home games – they beat Young Lions (Singaporean national Under-23 team) 6-1 and thrashed Harimau Muda B (Malaysian national Under-21 team) 5-0.
Despite controlling last night’s match, Brunei’s only professional team let in a goal when Kim Minho tapped in an 85th minute equaliser.
The hosts were in the driver’s seat for the most game though, and speaking to the media, Balestier coach Marko Kraljevic felt that luck just wasn’t on their side.
“A lot of chances did come our way and we wasted some of them,” said Kraljevic.
“We were off our form tonight and we paid for it. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose – that’s football,” he added.
Steve Kean, though, was more than satisfied with his side’s display and said he respected Balestier for their fortitude.
However, the DPMM FC coach said that the win would have been better if they had kept a clean sheet.
“Honestly, I’m impressed by tonight’s performance,” said Kean.
“We played a great passing game, played well overall and we scored quality goals.
“The opposition’s single goal did annoy me because our defenders slipped up for that moment when they shouldn’t have and allowed the opposition to score an easy goal.
“We work hard to keep a clean sheet in our matches, so yes, it bothers me.
“If it was a world-class goal, I wouldn’t have mind.”

The Brunei Times

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