Rosslee switches focus to league

AmaZulu coach Craig Rosslee is hopeful that his side will continue with their positive run in the Absa Premiership following Saturday’s Nedbank Cup loss to Bidvest Wits.

Usuthu went down 4-1 to the Clever Boys at the Princess Magogo Stadium and Rosslee says he was disappointed by the manner in which they conceded three of the four goals.

“It was poor defending on our side,” he said. “Everyone knows they (Wits) play like that.

“Setpieces are part of their game and one of the things we discussed was not to give away any throw-ins and to make sure we get distance on the clearances.

“I can be critical on a lot of things but the way we defended setpieces as a whole wasn’t good enough.

“We’ve got a lot of height at the back and there was one player who got Man of the Match (Sthembiso Ngcobo) who dominated the aerial duels and that for me is disappointing.”

Usuthu will now prepare for Sunday’s away league game against Bloemfontein Celtic and Rosslee is optimistic that they can maintain their positive run following back-to-back wins over Maritzburg United and Polokwane City.

“What’s disappointing is that we wanted to take our league form from the last two games into the cup game and play the football we wanted to play,” he said.

“But that’s done and dusted now – it’s a cup game and it’s behind us; we’ve got to focus on the league and the position where we want to be in the top eight.”

Usuthu are placed sixth on the Absa Premiership standings with 34 points from 26 matches while Celtic are in eighth place with 32 points from 23 matches.

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