Maritzburg United coach Eric Tinkler was left disappointed with his team's showing against Highlands Park at the Makhulong Stadium on Saturday afternoon after they slumped to a late 1-0 defeat in Tembisa.
In a cagey encounter that lacked quality, a costly mix-up between Rushine de Reuck and Pogiso Sanoka decided the game as Peter Shalulile took full advantage when he found the back of the net with less than 15 minutes to play.
"I think the game was horrible," coach Eric lamented. "It's like I said, this game was not about pretty football. At the full 90 minutes, the only real chances that they had was the goal and then obviously after that the one that ricocheted from Siyanda (Xulu) off the striker. Those were the two chances they had in 90 minutes, otherwise the ball spent most of the time up in the sky. We did not look to put our foot on the ball when we needed too.
"That is what has let us down, we knew the second ball was important. The goal came from two players challenging for the same ball, no one offering cover and we got punished for it. I feel for the club, I feel for the spectators of Maritzburg. Simply, we were not good enough to be brutally honest."
It was a fifth defeat in eight games for Tinkler who will come up against his former team Orlando Pirates in nine days time. Despite the defeat, the Team of Choice are still only four points behind 15th-placed Free State Stars with four games to go.
"We have four very important games and we need points. We will continue fighting, I will continue fighting until it is mathematically not possible but today we let ourselves down and all of us need to take responsibility for that."
Maritzburg's penultimate home game of the season will take place next week Wednesday, April 24. Kick-off at the Harry Gwala Stadium is at 19h30.