We had some unlucky injuries – AmaZulu coach

2012-10-29 12:04

Under-fire AmaZulu coach Roger Palmgren blamed injuries to key players for his team’s lowly position on the Premiership log.

Having finished last season’s league campaign in a credible seventh place, AmaZulu are now languishing stone last in the standings with five points from eight matches.

Despite picking up their first away point of the season against Orlando Pirates yesterday, Palmgren was clearly feeling the pressure.

“We’ve been quite unlucky with players coming on board who we needed in the beginning,” Palmgren said after their goalless draw against the Buccanneers at Orlando Stadium.

“We do need players to come back. I will shut up if I just have one or two injuries, but it’s always been a number – over five – all the time, so that’s quite tough for us.”

Palmgren said his squad had been thinned after they failed to make good use of the transfer window.

“We went to the market quite late to get them on board. The work took some time,” he said.

“On top of that we had some unlucky injuries to about six players. So that’s a big number for any club and especially a club like AmaZulu, which is not going on the market doing the big transfers.”

Palmgren said his troops had done well under the circumstances, despite picking up only one point from their last three league outings.

“Resultswise, we have been quite good, but we do need all the players coming back. We can’t afford to have so many players away.”

AmaZulu had their chances against Pirates, but the players seemed relieved to have come away with a point after the final whistle.

“My philosophy is always trying to win a game, whether it’s away or home,” Palmgren said. “But I’m quite happy to have a point away from home against one of the big teams. Pirates were the better team and they deserved to win, but on the other side, it’s about scoring and protecting one’s goal. My boys fought very hard, they played some nice soccer.”

Pirates coach Roger de Sa admitted his side had not created many opportunities, but he lauded AmaZulu for their tight defence.

“We want to create more chances but you’ve got to remember there’s another team out there that’s doing a job and doing a job well done,” De Sa said.

“AmaZulu defended very well and stopped us from playing as well, and that made it difficult for us.”

Elsewhere yesterday, University of Pretoria climbed to second in the standings with a 2-1 victory over Bloemfontein Celtic at Free State Stadium.

On Saturday, hosts Ajax Cape Town held Mamelodi Sundowns to a goalless draw, Platinum Stars thrashed Free State Stars 4-0 in Phokeng and Golden Arrows comfortably beat league newcomers Chippa United 2-0 in Umlazi.

On Friday night, Kaizer Chiefs and Maritzburg United ended 1-1 in their clash at Harry Gwala Stadium.

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