23 April 2017

Kean bemoans gifted goals in setback

|      Fadhil Yunus       |
DPMM FC head coach Steve Kean has indicated that his charges gifted goals to Geylang International FC during their 2-0 defeat in the Great Eastern-Hyundai S League at the Bedok Stadium in Singapore on Thursday night.
The hosts netted a 13th minute goal soon after a DPMM FC player received a touch from a hopeful cross made by a Geylang player on the touchline which enabled Shahfiq Ghani to slam home the ball into the back of the net.
“I thought we gave away the two goals. To be honest, the first goal from the touchline was too easy and the second, the defender (Yura) should learn that he has to clear at first opportunity,” Kean told the S League.
The head coach insisted that it is back to the drawing board for his charges as a tantalising tie against fierce rivals Tampines Rovers FC awaits at the end of the month.
“I felt certain parts of the game we gave away Geylang too much time on the ball and we should do better (in that aspect).
“We have to adapt our tactics according to the opposition but now it’s back home and back to hard work,” the head coach further added.
Meanwhile, Kean’s opposite number Hasrin Jailani was pleased with his side’s performance.
“Everyone did well today, we more or less controlled the game today and did very well defensively,” said Hasrin in a post-match interview.
He was happy with his side succeeding in stopping the advances of the striking duo of Billy Mehmet and Rafael Ramazotti but still exercised caution on allowing opposition to roam freely on the flanks.
“We knew they have two tall strikers and we managed to close them down, but at the same time we could not afford to let their players go down the flanks,” added Hasrin.
The head coach felt that the win provided a massive boost in lifting their confidence concluding that there is a “long way to go” with two more games to be completed before the conclusion of the first round in the Great Eastern-Hyundai S League.

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