Rosslee relishing Dikwena encounter

AmaZulu coach Craig Rosslee is hopeful that his side will respond positively to Sunday’s draw against Free State Stars when they host Platinum Stars on Wednesday night.

Usuthu came close to securing a valuable win away from home after Ayanda Dlamini fired them ahead of Ea Lla Koto at Goble Park, but a second-half own-goal from Carlington Nyadombo saw the match ending in a 1-1 draw.

“Anyone would gladly grab a point away against Free State Stars but we came back disappointed because we scored an own-goal and we should have come away with the three points,” said Rosslee.

“The best thing is we went up 1-0 in the first five minutes and we could’ve been up two or three in the first 15 minutes. The guys executed the game plan well and worked hard for each other.

“They are doing what we want as the technical team; the work ethic is there, the attitude is there and it’s unfortunate that we didn’t come away with the three points from a game that we should’ve won.”

Usuthu will now look to make up for the dropped points when they face an on-form Platinum Stars at the Princess Magogo Stadium on Wednesday and Rosslee says the quality of the pitch has improved since their clash against Mpumalanga Black Aces earlier this season.

“We went up there about a month ago and the field is in good condition; we should have a good footballing match against a quality side like Platinum Stars,” he added.

“We have a tough game coming up and we just have to make sure that we perform once again the way we played against Free State Stars and we should be in business.

“We are coming up against a side that is in good nick, they’ve done very well in the last couple of games. Even when they’ve had two key players out in Vuyo Mere and (Mogakolodi) Ngele, everyone seems to be doing a good job.

“Continuity is key; they have players who have been with the team for a few years and they have a good game plan. Alan Freese has continued from where Cavin Johnson left off and he has done a fantastic job with the club.”

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