PENANG: The two goals striker Gustavo Romero scored to give Penang a 2-1 win over Sabah in a Premier I match at the State Stadium in Batu Kawan came like an answered prayer for the Argentine.
He ended an eight-match barren run to give Penang a crucial win. And Romero considers his efforts as one of the more important ones of his career.
“I can still recall the goal I score against Perak, which won Penang the FA Cup last year. The two goals against Sabah are memorable ones too,” said Romero.
“Ending the goal drought is a big relief and it came like an answered prayer. Penang also needed to win the match to stay on course for a top six finish to get automatic qualification to next year's Super League.”
The 24 year-old Romero, who is in his second season with the Panthers, admitted that the pressure of experiencing a dry spell had caused him sleepless nights.
He earned the wrath of coach Irfan Bakti after Penang fell to a 1-2 defeat by Pahang in Kuantan last Saturday. Irfan had said that if he had a choice, it was better to hire another player to replace Romero.
“I do not blame the coach for blowing hot. I was equally frustrated with myself over not being able to finish the job, especially in one-to-one situations,” said Romero.
“I have not scored since the solitary goal win over Malacca on May 24. It was like a nightmare and it shook my confidence. I am glad I have got over this with the two goals against Sabah.”
The win over the Rhinos put Penang in fourth spot on 36 points. Penang have one match more to wrap up their season – against Johor FC at home on July 29.