Saturday, July 28, 2012

We looked dangerous

Crown coach David Booth issues his final instructions
David Booth, the head coach of Phnom Penh Crown had mixed feelings after his team defeated BBU 3-0 at Olympic Stadium on Saturday afternoon. "They had a fair bit of possession but we don't mind them having the ball in their half, as long as we are in command when the ball gets played into the final third. To be fair I don't recall they had any clear cut chances at all. In the 1st half they had one free-kick and that was it. The biggest problem for me is the officials. They don't know the rules, they don't do the right thing at the right time, they don't make the right decisions and I simply can't believe they didn't give us a penalty. In England, the referee and linesman would be demoted next week. They were absolutely awful.
I felt we were comfortable in the 1st half, and positive but without really playing that well. We hit them well on the break today. As the game went on we had more chances, every time we broke we looked dangerous but we need to be a little more clinical, show a bit more quality, and release the ball at the right time, as we tended to run with it a bit too much in the 2nd half. Basically we are trying to do two things at the same time. We are trying to get the team organized for the President's Cup and if we can make it into the top 4, all well and good. We need to get the team into good habits, good discipline, and defensively well-organized because at the moment we give the other teams too much of the ball.
We don't have a big enough squad to afford to lose players like we have done, we've lost a lot of players to injury and to suspensions, so looking at it objectively, we've done well to be where we are at the moment. Yellow cards are being handed out like confetti - I think the referees just don't know what's going on."
Kingsley Njoku looking ahead to the game

Tieng Tiny (4) leads his Crown teammates to another success

The Crown substitutes before the kick-off

BBU line-up for a team photo before the match

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