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  Published: 11 September 2017
FADLU – SEMI-FINAL A LEARNING CURVE
 
 
  Maritzburg United head coach Fadlu Davids believes that the MTN8 semi-final defeat to SuperSport United will have
helped his men prepare for similar challenges in the future and hopes to bounce back against AmaZulu on Tuesday.
   
 

The Team of Choice dished up some exciting football in the second leg of their semi-final against Matsatsantsa at a packed Harry Gwala Stadium on Saturday night.

 

But they were unable to break down the experienced SuperSport defence, while at the other end of the field, Jeremy Brockie was on top form with two well-taken goals for the visitors, who won 2-0 on the night and 3-1 on aggregate.

 

Although disappointed to miss out on making the final, coach Fadlu hopes the experience would have strengthened his men’s resolve for the future.

 

“On the one hand it was disappointing, but they were the better side. They used their experience and perhaps the occasion was a little too big for some of our players. The SuperSport players have played have been in such situations, they know how to handle it, they know what is expected.

 

“So we’ve got to learn from it, it’s a lesson for our younger players, to learn from the occasion so when we are faced with a similar situation we can handle it a bit better. It’s a learning curve and the experience will teach them to handle it in a much more professional way.”

 

Commenting on the game, Davids pointed out some key areas which swung the contest the visitors’ way:

 

“I think definitely we should have scored with one or two chances. We were on the attack, they won the ball and we got caught on the counter-attack.

 

“Our counter-attack layers (of defence) had to be a bit better, and then not allow the ball into the box. And then the goal changed the game, we had to chase it, go for it. And then the second goal before half time, we had to be more switched on in those critical phases of the game, second half would have been different having to come back from 0-1.”

 

The Team of Choice will have to quickly regroup as they prepare for Tuesday’s showdown with Durban side AmaZulu at the Princess Magogo Stadium.

 

“Now we have got to focus on the derby (away to AmaZulu on Tuesday). Derbies are a different game, there is no form in a derby; form goes out the window," coach Fadlu adds.

 

“So we have to move on from Saturday night, it’s a new game, it’s the KZN pride at stake and that’s what we have to focus on now."

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