17 April 2016

Substitutes were excellent: Kean

Sunday, April 17, 2016

DPMM FC coach Steve Kean heaped praise on his substitutes for making an impact in a 3-1 victory over Balestier Khalsa FC in the Singapore League (S-League) on Friday night.
Rafael Ramazotti and Azwan Ali Rahman had given the Brunei side a 2-0 lead at halftime but Hazzuwan Halim gave the Tigers a lifeline in the 66th minute.
But substitute Shahrazen Said found the back of the net in the 74th minute having only been on the field for six minutes to secure all three points for the Brunei side at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium in Berakas.
“We gave Balestier a sniff and a little bit of hope. We really needed a third goal and that’s why I brought Shahrazen (Said) on because he is always a threat,” said Kean after the triumph.
“He will be a threat at the back post against their smaller leftback. It wasn’t a header he scored but he managed to get in on the back post and got a good goal.
“They (Substitutes) were excellent. Shahrazen came on and almost scored two. Najib (Hj Tarif) came on and showed good determination in defending,” he added.
“The squad is very competitive. Substitutes who come on are making a real impact and even the guys who are not on the bench.
“It is so difficult to pick the side at the moment because everybody is performing so well,” continued the former Blackburn Rovers manager.
Kean also felt that his charges should have added more goals to the scoreline but is hoping to keep clean sheets.
“We should have had more goals. Azwan Ali and Ramazotti should have had a couple more goals,” said Kean.
“The thing is with Balestier, they throw things at it and they get blocks. Even when you saw Azwan Ali had a chance in the first half and think it is easy, the players were screaming out to get a block out and influenced him,” he added.
“Ramazotti had a great header and hit the post twice. We just need to keep making the chances. More importantly we need to make sure we get some more clean sheets,” continued Kean.
On the other hand, Balestier coach Marko Krajevic was disappointed not to get the second goal before Shahrazen killed off the match.
“I was confident and it was coming very nicely. After the goal, confidence came back to the team and I was hoping for a second goal,” said Kraljevic.
“We were trying but there was one good save by the goalkeeper (Wardun Yussof) and after they scored the third goal it was difficult to come back,” he concluded.
The biggest blemish for DPMM FC was the sending off of Paulo Sergio late into added time that will see him miss the matchup against Albirex Niigata (S) FC on Friday.

The Brunei Times

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