A 2-2 score-line and a point on the road in Tshwane – against one of the Absa Premiership’s leading clubs, was certainly a decent result - especially as the KwaZulu-Natal side twice had to come from a goal down.
It didn’t start well when The Team of Choice conceded the first goal just a couple of minutes into the game.
Coach Eric was however pleased with his men’s reaction, although the decision-making and application in the opposition half were not what he wanted.
“You take the draw to be brutally honest, you take it and run! We didn’t start well, but I thought after that, we had a lot of possession,” the coach said.
“We didn’t create many chances, but we had a lot of possession and it looked like we were the home team.
“They (SuperSport) were only really looking to play up the long ball up to Bradley (Grobler). We looked to try and play and a lot of times we were dictating play.
“But we were getting in that final third and not coming up with the final product. There were times when we should have shot, but instead decided to pass,” he continued.
“We spoke about that at half time, the boys responded very well. We rode our luck a bit – SuperSport hit the crossbar and I don’t think we had a great defensive performance and we could have been two or three nil down.
“But we found ourselves with an equaliser (Judas Moseamedi). Then they got the second, but we responded well again with the equaliser (Thabiso Kutumela) and could possibly even have won it at the death with Jeremy (Brockie).
“But I don’t think that would have been just to be honest, I think overall we probably deserved a maximum of the point, but we rode our luck to be brutally honest,” coach Eric added.
Maritzburg remain in the top eight bracket, but as the coach has cautioned, there is still a lot of football to be played – United cannot afford to take their foot off the pedal.
“The league is very congested,” he explained, “you win one, you win two, you find yourself in the top eight. There’s still a lot of work to be done. Once we hit the 30-point mark, then we can start talking about where we want to be, where we would like to finish.
“Anybody can beat anybody in this league, from all the teams. You’ve got to come out every single game working hard if you expect to get the three points.”
That will certainly be the case for the Team of Choice’s next match – away in East London against a resurgent Chippa United outfit on Saturday night.
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