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Published: 10 April

FADLU: WE SHOULD HAVE TAKEN THREE POINTS
 
 
 


Maritzburg United coach Fadlu Davids felt that with better ‘game management’, the Team of Choice could have beaten Cape Town City on Saturday.

   
 

The Pietermaritzburg side went ahead in the first half at the Harry Gwala Stadium when Andrea Fileccia netted his fifth league goal of the season and his eighth goal in all competitions in 2018.

 

But the Citizens snatched an added time goal through Masoud Juma to earn a 1-1 draw, the point earned another to keep Maritzburg in third spot on the table.

 

Nevertheless, coach Fadlu believes it was a missed opportunity to claim what would have been an 11th league victory this season.

 

“It felt like a loss, to concede a set piece in injury time. We were not at our best, giving CT City possibilities by giving them the ball at the edge of our area in the build-up,” he said.

 

“Yes, mistakes will happen if we are to build from the back, but you have to be more responsible. Each and every one should want the ball and then you can play out.

 

“We should have killed the game off. We wanted to walk the ball into the net, so we have to improve in those areas, get more shots on goal. We got behind then opposition, but then didn’t pull the trigger on the cut-back. So we’ll be working on that, working on set-pieces this week.

 

“We should have taken the three points,” coach Fadlu continued. “We don’t worry about the likes of Chiefs and Free State Stars. It’s about us, are we improving. We need to be able to manage games like these. You can talk about experience, but it’s also about maintaining your thinking for 90 minutes. Its lessons we have to learn.”

 

The point earned also saw the Team of Choice going past last season’s tally of 38, which had been their highest points haul for a season. But right now it’s not a statistic the coach is too interested in dwelling on; he believes there’s still more to come from his team in the weeks ahead.

 

“We are proud of the record, but we can’t be happy yet and stop. We want more, we must push the boundaries. We have got to set higher goals for ourselves for the last remaining games and see what we can achieve.

 

“But yes I’m proud of the players, I said it at the beginning of the season, they’ve got to start believing how good they are.”

 

United are now preparing for Sunday’s Absa Premiership encounter away at Baroka FC.


 

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