Johnson: Usuthu were simply unlucky

AmaZulu FC head coach Cavin Johnson has reflected on the team’s defeat to Maritzburg United.

The Team of Choice secured a 2-0 win over Usuthu in an Absa Premiership match at the Harry Gwala Stadium on Friday.

Johnson feels that his charges played well despite the defeat to their KwaZulu-Natal rivals Maritzburg, who scored through Bandile Shandu and Siphelele Ndlovu.

“In the first-half we had some good opportunities to score and they only had one chance and they managed to score,” Johnson said

“It was against the run of play. We went into the second half with some of my players having picked up yellow cards. So, we knew that we were going to get at least one red card in the second-half.

Johnson believes that his charges played after Butholezwe Ncube’s dismissal. The Usuthu midfielder was sent off after receiving his second yellow of the game three minutes after hour-mark.

“We tried to manipulate it by taking Sammy (Darpoh) off. We thought would not suffer. But we received another yellow card and Butho (Ncube) was dismissed,” he continued.

“With ten men I thought were very organized and we played better football. We held the ball better and we had many more chances, but the ball did not fall for us.
It happens sometimes in football. Their second goal was also against the run of play. You cannot stop that. It happens and we lost the game.

Usuthu will travel to the Goble Park Stadium where they are scheduled to face Free State Stars in a league game on Saturday.

“We will go back home and regroup. I cannot take anything away from the players’ effort. All of them not only the 11 players which were on the pitch. Everyone was in the game. We have to give ourselves a pat on the back for giving the effort in the KwaZulu-Natal Derby,” he added.

“We lost, but we won’t go home back home with our tails between our legs. We will take the positives from the game and carry that into the next game,” Johnson concluded.

Kick-off between Stars and AmaZulu is at 20h15.

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