The Croatian was a happy man after the win but believes that it's still early days, while Gombak United Coach K. Balagumaran believes that DPMM can be beaten
Brunei DPMM made it six matches unbeaten after winning 3-0 at the Jurong West stadium and their outspoken coach Vjeran Simunic who was serving a one-match touchline ban was a happy man after the match.
Simunic was sent-off in the last match against Harimau Muda, resulting in his absence from the touchline.
Speaking to the media after the match, he said, “I must be happy with the results, but the game does not reflect the results. 3-0 is a big result, it could be 4-0, but also Gombak United have chances when it’s 0-0 and it’s football."
“We came here to defend the first position. The table is very tight, if we lost tonight, we might drop down a few positions. I always thought that 7-8 teams deserved to be in the top 5 and everyone in the upper half has 10-15 points.
“Also, we prepared all this week how to play without the coach but I am lucky because the stands is very near to the field so it’s okay.”
After the win, DPMM and Harimau Muda remain as the only unbeaten teams in the league.
When quizzed on how long his team’s unbeaten streak can go, the Croatian replied, “I hope Harimau Muda will be beaten in the next game because I trust SAFFC, but both are good teams. The league is filled with good teams this year and the competition can be very interesting."
“It’s only six games, there are still a lot of games to play and we have a small squad so I hope some more players will pass the beep test and join our squad.
“In 2009, it was 10 games [unbeaten], I like the number. We are now on the same level, nothing less and nothing more.
“Now I will work hard with the players and the bench to be a better team."
He also went on and praised his opponent saying that they are a good side and that he would have been happy even if his team went back with a point.
“Firstly, I respect Gombak. They are a team who alway finished in the fifth or sixth position and I saw their games when they held Home United to a 1-1 draw.
Despite the defeat, Gombak United coach K. Balagumaran was happy with his team’s performances and believed that the Brunei side can still be beaten.
“The result is one thing but if you look at the whole picture of the game, I still think I have a good team, good players with a mixture of experience and young players," he said.
“I am still happy with the way we played but the goal, especially the first one was soft. If Jung had scored the first goal, Hafiz [Rahim] had scored the scored the second goal and then Obadin [Aikhena] scored, the game would have been different.
“We made a mistake and scored the own goal. For the second goal, the midfield did not close down, I think after the second goal was a big task to come back and the third goal really killed us."
When asked on his opinions on who would be the champions this season, the coach replied, “I cannot predict who would be the champion this season because everybody has a chance. Albirex [Niigata], Home [United], Tampines [Rovers], Harimau Muda, [Brunei DPMM] about five teams all have possibility, it’s quite open."
“To me the way they play, they are beatable because the chances we created in the opening minutes, if they had gone in, it would be a different game.
“I still believe that they are beatable, it’s not like one big team we can’t beat.”
He also cheekily said, “Who knows, Woodlands [Wellington] might upset them!”