We were simply outclassed, Igesund admits

2008-10-30 00:00

MARITZBURG United were simply outclassed in their 5-0 defeat to Premier Soccer League champions SuperSport United in Pretoria on Wednesday night, admits coach Gordon Igesund.

But, said the coach, returning players will bring stability to the team for yet another tough fixture against on-form Lamontville Golden Arrows at Woodburn Stadium on Wednesday.

After a four-match unbeaten start, newly-promoted United crashed to earth against super-slick SuperSport. United had been hit by the injuries and suspensions to five players.

“Look, we were outclassed,” Igesund said yesterday. “We had too many injuries and players not available, and we couldn’t get our game together.

“I think four of the five goals we conceded were from absolute mistakes. I’m a bit disappointed because the players we brought in didn’t really come to the party.

“But we’re not down. Once you go 1-0 or 2-0 down you are always chasing the game, and with the second goal SuperSport scored we had hit the post just seconds before that.

“I thought the guys showed a lot of enthusiasm to keep trying to go forward even when they were a few goals down. We’ve only had one defeat in the league and we’re still in fifth place.”

The game served as an illustration that if you do not go into games at 100% capacity in a highly competitive season, chances are you will be punished.

“Without doubt, this league is so tough that you have to have your strongest team out there,” Igesund said.

“But I’m not one to make excuses. I’ve said we’re in for a very tough season and as a new team we’re going to struggle at times. We’re going to have our good runs and we’re going to have bad runs. We are building.”

United will have four of their five absentees back against Arrows, who are the only other team along with SuperSport to remain unbeaten.

“We’ll have Tony Tsabedze, Elias Ngwepe, Gary Goldstone and Sam Ndlovu back, and that brings a lot of stability. As for Fadlu Davids, I’m going to put a baseball mask on him and send him out on the field,” Igesund joked of the committed striker, who is out for a month with a broken nose he suffered in United’s 2-1 Telkom Knockout defeat against Free State Stars on the weekend.

“It is also good, after a defeat like this one, to not be playing this weekend. We’ve got a week to work on the defensive frailties that have crept in, not just last night but against Stars as well.

“And we’ll need to make a big improvement because Arrows are in great form and we know they’ll run at us.”

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