Barker hails his charges

AmaZulu coach Steve Barker says their National First Division 2-2 draw against Witbank Spurs was a good display of football.

The Usuthu mentor was sharing his reactions after the encounter at Puma Stadium in Mpumalanga on Saturday afternoon.
Although the Durban-based side scored first through Zaid Patel from a penalty, two goals in quick succession after the break by Percy Tau and Joshua Sauls put the hosts ahead.

However, Barker’s men fought back to return to Durban with a point when Marc van Heerden’s brilliant late free-kick made it 2-2.

“It was a good game of football with both teams showing desperation to get the points for different reasons and I think it was a good advert for South African football,” said Barker.

“I thought we started the game well, we had a couple of chances and we probably to deserved to come into the break 1-0 up and applied a lot of pressure, we put them on the backfoot.

“In the second half, we didn’t start very well, and in the first 20-25 minutes they kept us under pressure, running at us.”

Barker also applauded his charges for fighting back and securing a point adding that Spurs used different tricks to keep them under pressure.

“They used their pace and trickery putting us under pressure but I feel we didn’t handle it well as we should’ve,” adds the coach.

“And when we went 2-1 down, I think the players showed good commitment and character to fight back and get back to 2-2.

“In the last 15 minutes, either team could’ve won it, basically it was more like a counter attack and they had one or two chances.

“Overall, it was a game of football that had moments where they were on top of the game but yeah great commitment from the guys to fight from 2-1 down and get a point.”

Due to the FIFA international break, Usuthu will now get ready to face Thanda Royal Zulu in he KwaZulu-Natal derby on Sunday, April 10 at Princess Magogo Stadium.

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