Platinum Stars coach brushes off match official’s decisions

2014-12-18 11:57

Platinum Stars coach Allan Freese refused to make excuses after his side settled for a goalless draw against Chippa United last night, in a game that should have gone their way.

Chippa were saved in the dying stages, firstly after the match referee mistakenly handed Eric Chipeta a yellow card rather than Chris Komane, who had caused the infringement and would have been sent off, leaving the visitors with 11 men on the field.

The Chilli Boys were handed another lifeline in second-half injury time when a header from Eleazar Rodgers was cleared behind the line by Manti Moholo and the goal was not given.

“I’m not going to say who caused the mix-up; it’s football, and we have all these things in the game,” Freese said.

“But really I’m not going to say we’re happy with one point at home.”

Stars were lying 13th in the Premiership standings, just two points clear of the relegation zone, and Freese was disappointed not to pick up three points, with just one round of matches remaining before the mid-season break.

“This was another game that wasn’t so good. I don’t think the football was nice,” he said.

“We came out to try get three points, which we didn’t get, but one point will take us somewhere, so we’ll keep grinding and try to get a result some time.”

Chippa coach Roger Sikhakhane seemed more satisfied with the result, as his side settled in seventh place in a tight mid-table battle.

“I think it was a good game. Both teams had equal chances to win the game,” Sikhakhane said.

“We created chances but we couldn’t convert, and they created chances, so it was a game of two teams.”

While Stars dominated the first half, and the last 10 minutes, Chippa controlled most of the second period.

“At half-time I reminded them we were here for points ... and we tried to raise our game.

“I told them, ‘let’s go and play’, because Platinum played on Sunday and they were a little bit heavier than us, so we tried to lift our game but we couldn’t get the result.”

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