7 November 2008
Igesund: we gave it our all
Coach Gordon Igesund says that we was more than pleased with the effort his team gave in their match against Golden Arrows on Wednesday afternoon.
Despite going down 1-0, the general consensus was that United put up an excellent showing and were unlucky not to get something out of the game.
The Team of Choice's Achilles heel on the day was their inability to get the ball into the back of the net. When they were on target they were denied by some outstanding saves from the Arrows keeper.
Even Abafana Bes'thende coach Manqoba Mngithi admitted that United were unfortunate not to at least earn a point.
“On the day I believe Maritzburg deserved something out of the game, our goalkeeper saved us in one way or the other,” he said.
His Maritzburg counterpart, Igesund, praised his side for their hard work and determination.
“I said to the players in the change-room that they gave every ounce they had and what more could I have squeezed from them. Credit to Arrows, who defended very well and their goalkeeper made a wonderful save in the last couple of seconds. We threw everything into attack and gambled by going man-to-man at the back. I was prepared to lose 2-0 and get something out of the game.”
United can now look to build from this game as they prepare for next week's encounter against Bidvest Wits in Johannesburg.
The Students are riding high at the moment in second position on the PSL table and are an uncompromising side whose success has been built on a watertight defence - they have conceded a miserly two goals in their six Premiership outings thus far.