Rosslee – I want to control the game

AmaZulu coach Craig Rosslee says his side have to continue making progress in all departments when they play their next Absa Premiership game against Moroka Swallows at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday at 6pm.

Usuthu have collected six points from their first three league encounters, beating Orlando Pirates 1-0 and then going down 2-1 to Mpumalanga Black Aces before registering an impressive 2-1 away win against Ajax Cape Town.

“We need to improve everywhere, at the back and in the midfield in terms of creating chances,” said Rosslee.

“I’d like to defend better; I thought we were nice and organised against Ajax despite making seven changes to the team.

“I would also like to use the width a bit more and upfront we continue to work on the finishing.

“I wasn’t happy with the Pirates performance but I thought we did well to go there and get the points and obviously in the Aces game things weren’t being followed out according to what I wanted.

“The guys went out and did the club proud against Ajax and followed exactly what I wanted. Until the last couple of minutes we weren’t really in any danger or any pressure and controlled the game away from home.

“That’s what I want to do; I want to control the game and continue with that.”

Usuthu will now look to adhere to coach’s tactical approach when they host the on-form Dube Birds on Saturday afternoon and Rosslee says it’s vital to get a good result in their backyard.

“For this game, we know we’re up against a team that is sitting well on the log,” he added. “They have two good wins and a draw under their belt; they’ve played some good football and they have experienced players.

“We’ve got two results away from home but it’s important now that we come back home and utilize the fort at Moses Mabhida and get our home campaign going.”

Usuthu have a clean bill of health with the exception of Namibian duo of Sadney Urikhob and Pineas Jacob, who have been ruled out for the clash against Swallows.

Defenders Marc Van Heerden and Carlington Nyadombo will also be assessed upon their arrival after taking part in an international friendly between South Africa and Zimbabwe last night.

“Sadney suffered a (spider or insect) bite while he was on national duty and he is currently being treated in hospital,” said Rosslee. “Pineas suffered a contusion and we’ll wait for Carlington and Marc to return from national duty as well.”

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