Posted on May 02, 2012 12:18
A goal on referee’s optional time by Mariztburg United denied AmaZulu three points at Harry Gwala Stadium on Tuesday but head coach Roger Palmgren remains hopeful his side will recover on time before preparations for the Nedbank Cup semis.
“I think it was not a nice game from anyone of the teams, it was not well played from our own way of playing the ball forward – we played too many passes to the opponent which makes it too difficult to play offensive soccer.
Obviously giving away too many balls on your half makes you defend a bit deeper,” said Palmgren.
Seasoned midfielder cum defender Tsweu Mokoro also echoed the coach’s sentiments, but says the pressure was not too much from the back.
“What affected us was Marc (van Heerden) getting injured due to the high tempo of the game in the second half.
That coast us the match because the sub that came on had little time to adapt to the pace, especially because we were attacking a lot at the time.
It was a tough game but we should’ve scored at least two goals from Ayanda’s chance,” said Mokoro.
AmaZulu now have 38 points and are 7th on the log and welcome Jomo Cosmos next week Wednesday at Princess Magogo Stadium. With the focus this weekend turned on the Nedbank Cup semi-finals coach Palmgren will want his troops sharper in front of goal.
“The main thing is to create chances and hopefully you’re gonna score from them. It is not a shame to come on one with the keeper and miss. We have to work more at training to be able to score those chances,” the coach added.
Supersport United vs AmaZulu
Fixture: Nedbank Cup Semi-final
Date: 06 May 2012, Sunday
Venue: Peter Mokaba Stadium