Mixed feelings for Komphela after Bucs draw
7 May 2015
Maritzburg United head coach Steve Komphela was just about satisfied with the tactical approach of his side during Wednesday’s 1-1 draw with Orlando Pirates.
Pirates had come into the game in fine form, but it was the Team of Choice who started the match stronger and were in front after just five minutes through Deolin Mekoa’s deflected goal.
The Sea Robbers however hit back with a Kermit Erasmus goal midway through the second half to grab a share of the spoils, leaving United in eighth position on the Absa Premiership table, above Free State Stars on goal difference.
"We had a disciplined first half. Up until the second half we knew the challenge could come from anywhere where we dropped our line of confrontation," Komphela said after the match at the Harry Gwala Stadium.
"Just before we could tweak our structure to create more lines, so Orlando Pirates could find two or three lines before going through to the goalkeeper, they scored. And as soon as we did that it got better.
"But the biggest challenge tonight, we needed to get closer to Manyisa. We needed to get closer to Issa Sarr. As soon as we did that, then it was a bit quiet,” he explained.
The Maritzburg coach felt however that his team could have done more on the counter-attack:
"Clearly when you play intentionally so, giving the opponents the ball and wanting to hit on the counter, you have to make it a point every time you come up it must be telling. It must either go out for a goal kick or it becomes a goal."