Rosslee rues missed opportunities

AmaZulu coach Craig Rosslee was frustrated by the missed opportunity his side had wasted to go top of the Absa Premiership table when they were held to a 1-1 draw against SuperSport United in Durban on Saturday night.

Thuso Phala had opened the scoring for the visitors after just nine minutes, before an own-goal from Bevan Fransman brought Usuthu level just before the half-hour mark at the Moses Mabhida Stadium.

Despite the home side pressing for a winner for the rest of the game, they failed to transfer their dominance on the pitch to a change on the scoreboard.

It was the second consecutive time they lost out on moving to the summit after conceding a stoppage-time goal in midweek when they were held to a 1-1 draw at away to Bidvest Wits.

“It was a massive missed opportunity and obviously those two points now on Tuesday are looking even bigger,” Rosslee said afterwards. “Had we got that and after the result tonight, we would have been top of the log.

“It would have been nice to be in that position going into the league break now in that position. If you look at the game overall, I thought there was only one team in it and the only thing (goalkeeper Tapuwa) Kapini had to do really was pick up the ball out of the net.”

Although Rossle was frustrated, he praised his players for producing a solid performance.

“I thought we played well, extremely well,” he said. “We knocked the around ball around fantastically and I think we got a team that is performing and that’s working for each other.

“They worked extremely hard off the ball and when we did get the ball we made fantastic use."

AmaZulu have started the season on a high note, with just one defeat coming from their six games so far.

The result saw them drop a place to fourth, but with the same number of points (11) as Matsatsantsa, Moroka Swallows, Mamelodi Sundowns and Kaizer Chiefs.

“The brand of football we’re playing and the result we’re getting, can help us challenge for honours yes,” the Usuthu coach added. “But at this point in time we just want to make sure that we collect maximum points wherever we can.

“We are punching above our weight and if anything above the top eight is a fantastic bonus and if the boys keep on doing this, then that’s magic.”

On the other hand, some shaky defensive play was worrying SuperSport boss Cavin Jonhson, who remained hopeful of fixing the problem.

“We go back to the drawing board as a technical team and hopefully they (the players) pick up from the mistakes and come back from that,” he said. “Those are the defenders that we have and they have to come to the party.”