Matsatsantsa might not have been in the best of form coming into Wednesday night’s game at the Harry Gwala Stadium, but that appeared to make them even more determined. The Pretoria outfit are certainly one of the strongest teams in the league and in the end they managed to scrape out a 1-0 victory over the Team of Choice in a tight game.
Coach Fadlu has always been confident in his players’ physical ability, but concedes that they can still improve on the mental side of the game.
“I think we were quite naïve, a hard lesson to be learnt. We can’t play like we’re leading 3-0, we needed to keep our thinking clear, keep our structure clear, and go forward in the right moments,” he said after the match in the KZN capital city on Wednesday.
“A bit too relaxed, a South African problem, we get satisfied too early, after one or two good results.
But we have to bounce back, I’m still proud of them, we have to correct things for our game on Saturday.
“I think a point would have been a fair result, they’re such an experienced side, they wait for their moment. We were a bit naïve, and they took the three points.”
The important thing for coach Fadlu is that his men are able to identify where they went wrong and try and avoid similar mistakes or lapses of focus in the future.
“We have to learn from what happened at the beginning of the season. Consistency is always the challenge, with a side like SuperSport, they know how to manage themselves. With our youngsters, they play all out and when it’s not their day they don’t manage their thinking.
“But its lessons to be learnt, we’ll get better, we have to analyse it and bounce back for the Free State Stars game. Let’s be honest, SuperSport assembled this team to win the league and you can’t compare the squads. Yes, it’s disappointing but not the end of the world. We have to learn from it, that’s the most important thing.
“We’re building something here in terms of our playing style, we have to stick to our principles and stick to what we believe in. We said at the start of this season that the top eight is our target and I believe we’re still on track for where we want to be.”
The Team of Choice are next in action when they take on high-flying Free State Stars at Goble Park on Saturday afternoon (3-30pm).
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