13 September 2015

Kean heaps praise on star Sergio

Sunday, September 13, 2015

THREE points in the bag was all that mattered for DPMM FC coach Steve Kean.
The Scotsman watched his charges produce a 2-0 win over Harimau Muda (Malaysia national Under-22 football team) in the Singapore League (S-League) despite not playing their best football.
Regardless, Kean was delighted to pick up maximum points to watch his side go four clear at the top of the 10-team table.
“I think it was a great three points but it wasn’t the best we have ever played… far from it,” said Kean in a post match interview.
“Sometimes you just have to be efficient in your game. We can play a lot better with the ball but credit to Harimau Muda as they had a lot of possession and kept attacking,” he added.
“I felt we managed our chances as there weren’t very many clear cut chances. I know we can play better but at this stage of the season it is about getting three points and a cleansheet like tonight (Saturday night) is even better,” continued the Scotsman.
Paulo Sergio was a big factor for the hosts creating the opener in the first half and netting a freekick in the second half to seal the win.
Kean heaped praise on the Portuguese forward, who has now found the back of the net three straight matches since coming back from a hamstring injury.
“I think he showed in his quality in deadball situations. He whipped in a ball that cannot be defended,” said Kean.
“The goalkeeper couldn’t go down the line of the ball because it has got a lot of pace on it and he was worried about players coming towards him for headers,” he added.
“It is a stunning effort. You can tell the crowd gets excited when you get this type of players on the ball. At the moment he is a match winner for us,” continued the former Blackburn Rovers manager.
On the other hand, Harimau Muda coach Razip Ismail was satisfied with the performance of his charges but was left disappointed they couldn’t get on the scoresheet.
“I think my players put up a good fight and they played very hard. The only thing is that 2-0 made the difference between us,” said Razip.
“We improved our game and were on top in the second half but the only thing is that we couldn’t convert our chances,” he added.
“We couldn’t score goals while they scored from the one or two chances they had,” concluded the Malaysian.

The Brunei Times

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