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DPMM FC on hunt for third straight win
Wednesday, April 16, 2014

DPMM FC are looking to stretch their winning streak to three games despite being short-handed.

Brunei's only professional team will travel to face Hougang United FC in the Singapore League (S-League) at the Hougang Stadium in Singapore today.

They will be missing the services of captain Rosmin Hj Md Kamis (tight calves) and leftback Sairol Hj Sahari (left hip) for the encounter.

The Brunei side are coming off back-to-back lopsided home victories against the Young Lions (Singapore national under-23 football team) and Harimau Muda B (Malaysia national under-21 football team).

DPMM FC head coach Steve Kean (pic) will be looking to the bench and believes that they still have enough firepower to put up a good game.

"There are just a few concerns. But any type of problem where they play and rupture muscle, we will take them out," said Kean in an interview with The Brunei Times when met after a training session at the Jerudong Mini Stadium on Monday.

"The guys on the bench or those who have not travelled. they are ready to play. We don't want to take any risks," he added.

The squad hasn't had much time to recuperate as the match today will be their third in the span of 10 days.

Kean is hoping that his charges will be able to deliver despite the tight schedule after putting in the work.

"It is a tough schedule and the lads have been here (training) almost everyday. We had to make sure we don't slip up any of the home games as it was important to get maximum points," said Kean.

"I have to credit to the lads as they have trained very hard. I think the away games are always different as the home team is expected to come out and get more possession and play.

"We also have to defend a bit more than the last two games. The nature of our game is we like being aggressive by pushing high up the pitch to play a good game," added the former Blackburn Rovers manager.

"I can say that we are a fit side as our fitness level seems to show late in the game. This is another game we are well prepared.

"When the match (against Hougang United) is finished we will have a nine-day turnaround before next game. I'll give a couple of rest days after the amount of work put in," he concluded.

DPMM FC will start off the match second in the 12-team table with 16 points after seven games.

They will leapfrog Tampines Rovers, who are on 18 points after defeating Balestier Khalsa 3-1 on Sunday, back to the summit should they claim victory.

Hougang United are currently in sixth position with 11 points to their name.

They are looking to bounce back from a 3-2 loss to Geylang International at the Jalan Besar Stadium in Singapore on Friday.

Despite playing with 10-man for almost an hour, Hougang United looked like runaway victors with a two-goal cushion before conceding three goals in the last 10 minutes.

The other match will see today will see Warriors FC and Albirex Niigata go head-to-head at the Jurong East Stadium.

Kick off is at 7.30pm.

Courtesy from Brunei Times