High Team Spirit the Deciding Factor against Santos

Head coach Roger Palmgren has attributed his team’s fighting ability as their triumph card in their latest achievement of reaching the Nedbank Cup semi-finals at Santos’ peril on Sunday afternoon at Princess Magogo Stadium.

The 49 year old former Sierra Leone national team coach however admitted he was not pleased with his side’s delay in hitting the ground running in the early stages of the match.

“We picked up in the last 25 minutes of the first half. The second half wasn’t a good half at all even though we created lots of clearer chances than they did. They still pushed, and put pressure on us which is normal and they used their free kicks and corners well which were difficult to defend against.

“It was very difficult to play in that type of wind, to play nice soccer,” said Palmgren.

The Swede joked about the goals that went begging, saying his forwards were storing them for future use in the competition.
“You can always wish we can score more but I can never complain against my players I’m happy we’re creating these chances, and I’m very proud the boys qualified for the semis.

“The way they fought today was just with big heart, not too much brain but lots of heart,” the coach added.  

Defender and Man of the Match, Tamsanqa Teyise said much applause must go to the entire team for the mind-set they took to the pitch saying it was the deciding factor.

“The plan was simple, we told ourselves that we had to fight as a team and come out the winners no matter how tough the match was. Our fans deserved a good result for being fully behind us,” said the former SAP Callies man. The coach also echoed Teyise’s sentiments and pointed out that many plaudits can be shared in the team as the team spirit within the Usuthu kraal is behind their positive results.

“That’s very important; it’s what we’ve been working really hard on. No matter the tactics or the techniques the individual players are having if you don’t find it you will never win,” said Palmgren.  

Usuthu joined Supersport United, Free State Stars and Mamelodi Sundowns in the draw which will be conducted on Monday.

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