Singapore Premier League • October 8, 2014

Weaver Praises Warriors’ Determination Against DPMM


Written By: Dwyane James

Warriors FC head coach Alex Weaver knew that only three points would suffice to see them back in contention for the title and he was pleased his charges did exactly what was needed of them.

The Warriors came from a goal down to hand league leaders Brunei DPMM a 3-2 defeat on Tuesday night at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium in Berakas.

The Warriors have now closed the gap to only two with 44 points to their name with three games remaining in the season.

“Credit to Brunei as they started the game well but we dealt with it well and came back,” Weaver said.

“I’m very pleased with the result and with the performance as Brunei is a difficult place to come to play.

The result was all the more sweeter for Weaver considering the difficulties his side faced during the gsme.

“I think we found it difficult to adjust to all the break ups and the play (in the first half) as the Brunei players were throwing themselves on the ground easily and winning free kicks,” said Weaver.

“It disrupted the plays and we switched off a bit after the opening goal. But we have good characters in the team.

“When things aren’t exactly going our way, it takes a strong team and personality to force our way into game.

“We kept to the things that we rehearsed in training. There is no man of the match as everybody contributed just as much. I’m very pleased.”

It is back to the drawing board for DPMM’s coach Steve Kean who admitted that the visitors were more clinical of the two teams on the night.

“I thought there were two free kicks given. I disagree that they were free kicks. Sometimes we get decisions that go our way and sometimes they don’t,” said Kean.

“But they were great technical finishes. Take nothing away from the Warriors as they finished their chances very well.

“They didn’t have many chances until we opened up to chase the game. They took their chances and maybe on another day maybe those are not freekicks,” added the former Blackburn Rovers manager.

Three-time defending champions Tampines Rovers are just a point adrift from the Warriors followed by Albirex Niigata (S) and Home United, who are both on 41 points.

Balestier Khalsa are not out of the picture yet as they are only a further two points back.