Harimau Muda coach Razip Ismail has criticised his players for allowing a lead to slip out of their hands twice in their 2-2 draw against Brunei DPMM at the Pasir Gudang Stadium on Thursday afternoon
The Wasps had goalkeeper Wardun Yussof sent off early in the 14th minute and the Young Tigers made use of their extra-man advantage to orchestrate waves of attacks, leading 2-1 with eight minutes to go.
However, they were foiled by Rodrigo Tosi's spectacular overhead kick in the 90th minute to tie the game and leave both sides with a point, which Razip was clearly unhappy about.
“I am not happy, I think we should have got the three points,” Razip moaned.
“Two times, the opponents got a goal from our own mistakes. We wasted it just like that from our own mistakes.
“Whether you play with 10 or 11 men, it doesn’t matter because we are already two goals [to one] up. I am very disappointed with the result today.
“Due to our lack of immaturity, the lack of experience, maybe they thought they had already won the game, but they must remember it is never over until the final whistle."
The result saw Harimau Muda stretch their winless streak in the league to 11 games, their last triumph coming back in July when they were awarded a 3-0 win over league champions Tampines Rovers following the Stags' fielding of an ineligible player.
It was no wonder Razip expressed his disappointment at another draw.“We still need the points [as] we don’t want to finish second last, even though the point difference with the ninth and 10th-placed teams is very close," Razip fumed.
“I told them before the game that we need to win our last two matches. Today a draw is not enough, we needed a win very badly. We are sinking, while people (other teams) are improving.”
On the otherhand, DPMM coach Vjeran Simunic could not contain his delight after a gutsy performance from his side, especially after going a man down.
“Nobody expected to lose a goalkeeper, so when we lost Wardun you could [have easily] gone on to [be a] disaster, but the team showed character and I am very proud of this team,” Simunic praised.
“We respected Harimau Muda very much and every point against them is excellent for a Bruneian team.”
With the Young Tigers hitting the woodwork twice, Simunic admitted his side may have been lucky to escape with a point. However, he believes that his side had created their own luck as well.
“Lucky is for courage[ous] people, and my team [showed] one hundred [per cent] courage,” Simunic insisted.
"My team always goes [in] to [matches to] score' we always want to try to win and if you lose, it's okay if you try."