Kanan: DPMM were more experienced

The Geylang International coach felt that his side were no match for their opposition, while counterpart Vjeran Simunic hailed a fantastic display from his team
Brunei DPMM coach Vjeran Simunic expects the turnouts at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium to double after his side thrashed Geylang International 4-2 last night.

"It was a fantastic game with four fantastic goals," roared the Croatian in an interview with the media after the game.

"The players were tired, and I was scared that we wouldn't play as well after playing two games in three days.

"We were playing with 10 players for the last five minutes as Azwan got injured and we decided not to risk him, and two personal mistakes gave Geylang two goals."

The four-day break between their game with Tanjong Pagar United will present DPMM with some much-needed rest and relaxation but with the Jaguars sitting third in the table, Simunic will have to decide whether he can afford to rest any of his starting eleven come Sunday.

"They are really tired, but four days should be enough to prepare for Tanjong Pagar," the 57-year-old opined. "I'm sure for the Tanjong Pagar game we will have double the fans after tonight's result!

"I am very happy that the locals played well. We only started with two imports, so this is good for Bruneian football. I am just upset that I can't play all the Bruneians and have to leave some of them on the bench or out of the starting list."

Meanwhile, Eagles chief Vedhamuthu Kanan conceded that his charges had lost to a better and more experienced side.

"We defended better in the first half and managed to prevent some goals, but I think the first and second goals came too quickly and we lost our shape," he remarked.

"They are a good team, they are more experienced and we couldn't match them. The average age of their team is 32, whereas ours is about 25.

"They were the better team and we were visibly second best. The boys will just have to work harder now."

The absence of French midfielder Stefan Milojevic and the experienced head of Shah Hirul were no doubt a key factor in Geylang's defeat, and Kanan will be counting down the days until the two are fit and ready to return to action again.

"We didn't have anyone to hold the ball and play," he pointed out. "We only managed to hold the ball and play in the second half.

"We definitely missed Stefan and Shah Hirul, and will be waiting for these two to come back so we can have someone who will hold the ball."