Rosslee blames ref for denying team ‘game changer’

2014-03-11 00:00

WHILE AmaZulu coach Craig Rosslee was left to apportion blame to referee as his side suffered a third consecutive Absa Premiership loss, his counterpart Pitso Mosimane left Durban feeling their dream for the title honours is still much on.

Rosslee had a go at match official Thabo Nkosi. He felt that, had he awarded a legitimate penalty, his side would not have suffered a 2-0 defeat at Princess Magogo Stadium on Sunday.

With the home side pressing the expensively-assembled outfit from Pretoria with 15 minutes to wrap up the proceedings, Nkosi ignored Sundowns’ defender Mzikayise Mashaba’s handling of the ball inside the box.

“I believe that had that penalty been given, it would have been a game changer because we were in control at that stage of the match,” said Rosslee.

“I was happy with our second half performance as we dominated. But on the other hand, we need to do better when we lose possession and defend set-pieces,” he added.

The loss saw Usuthu drop down to seventh position with 28 points after 22 matches.

Meawhile, Mosimane heaped praise on the experienced players he unleashed on Sunday who turned the game on its head. The win revitalised their hopes of catching run-away Kaizer Chiefs on top of the standings.

After 20 matches the Brazilians have now collected 37 points, jointly with third-placed Bidvest Wits, just six points behind Chiefs, who have a game less.

Mosimane stressed that after losing against Orlando Pirates and Wits, where they conceded four goals and scored once, there was a need to ring in changes.

Veteran Surprise Moriri and tearway Liberian international Antony Laffor were thrown in the fray and they made a tangible impact. Moriri scored the first goal and Laffor provided Teko Modise’s goal with a whipping cross in the second half.

The relieved Sundowns coach said, “It was important for us to win. We needed experience hence the changes. It was a good shake up and we responded very well.”

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