DPMM head coach rues missed opportunities after Home loss
by Fadhil Yunus
DPMM FC head coach Rene Weber has emphasised that any team who fail to convert their opportunities will be doomed to a defeat after his side slipped to a 2-1 loss to Home United FC in the Singapore Premier League at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium in Berakas on Saturday night.
The Gegar Gegar men were mostly on top in the first half but their missed opportunities were punished with Home United taking the lead on the stroke of half-time before doubling their lead a minute into the second half.
“If we have five or six chances and you don’t score, you must lose. In football, the main point is to score,” said Weber in a post-match interview with the Bulletin.
“I think we have at least four opportunities and as we did not make the most of it, you must lose the game. No one team around the world have four opportunities and win,” he said.
“I think if I analyse the game, no-one make more chances like DPMM FC. It is about concentration and using the qualities that we have to score.”
DPMM FC winger Azwan Ali enjoyed bright spells during the game during his return to the starting line-up after a lengthy layoff and Weber was quick to highlight his qualities.
“Azwan Ali is a quality player. The last game (against Tampines Rovers FC) was strategic for him to have 45 minutes under his belt. Now, he came back in a good level.”
Weber was unsatisfied with how the first half panned out which led to the setback of conceding a goal on the stroke of half-time.
“I’m not happy with how we played in the first half which is why we suffered the goal at the end of first half.”
The head coach accepted that they must take risks to go out on attack and take out a central midfielder with Hendra Azam making way for Shafie Effendy and Helmi Zambin withdrawn for Abdul Azizi Rahman.
“Some teams around the world play from one defender to another and in one ball movement, they score. In football, you must use your opportunity to score.”
Asked about their chances of finishing second after Tampines Rovers FC’s 4-1 victory over Geylang International FC, he replied, “It was a key game (against Home United) for us but we still have two additional games to play. But we must win and if you don’t win, you’re just waiting.
“We must continue the next game and keep our heads up and follow our way to be in the top four,” he said.