Singapore Cup • June 2, 2014

Kean Expresses Delight With Second-Half Performance


Written by: Phoon Jia Hui

Brunei DPMM reached the RHB Singapore Cup quarter-finals in style after brushing aside Global FC 7-0 at Jalan Besar Stadium on Saturday evening with the main highlight of the game being Roy O’Donovan’s hat-trick.

Speaking after the final whistle, Global coach Leigh Manson was visibly disappointed with his team’s performance but praised his opponents for their finishing.

“To be fair, I thought we gave them a bit of trouble in the first-half and we were getting a few balls beyond them,” he said.

“In the second-half we lost and we talked a lot and worked a lot in training about playing the ball out from the back but to be fair to Brunei, their finishing was of a high calibre.”

Despite missing the services of national players – namely Amani Aguinaldo, Jason De Jong and Daisuke Sato – to international duty with the Philippines, Manson refused to use that as an excuse and was keen to bounce back from the loss.

“I’m not going to use that an excuse,” he stated.

“It wasn’t fatigue that killed us, it was poor execution and concentration which did and it was from some of the players who have been outstanding for us this season.  I have to go back, work hard and try to build the boys’ confidence back up again.”

DPMM coach Steve Kean was on the other hand, delighted with his side’s performance in the second-half and singled out the likes of Helmi Zambin and Najib Tarif for praise.

“It was a good response to a not great first-half, I don’t think we really created many chances in the first-half,” he admitted.

“Credit to the players, we changed a few things at half-time and they played well in the second-half.  I also felt the lads who’ve come in today like Helmi who’s done really well in first 20 minutes of second-half. Najib as well, he’s done well because he’s not played very much.”

With a spot in the last eight of the competition secured, the former Blackburn Rovers manager felt that his squad is capable of challenging on all fronts.

“I have said I would rotate the squad for different competitions with some players getting a chance with others getting a rest and I thought the players who came in did well,” said Kean.

“I think the squad is good and if we can stay clear of injuries and have performances like today, there’s no reason why we cannot go all the way and win all three.