Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila head coach Dylan Kerr was disappointed with the referee for consulting with the fourth official before awarding Kaizer Chiefs penalty on Tuesday.
There was controversy around the hour-mark after referee Hlongwane initially brushed off Chiefs' claims of a penalty after Samir Nurkovic was brought down by Ayanda Nkili.
However, Hlongwane consulted with his assistants and the fourth official and changed his original decision of a goal-kick, awarding a penalty to Chiefs that was initially saved by goalkeeper Washington Arubi before Lebogang Manyama converted the rebound.
"The players dug in deep, even with ten men. When you're playing [against] ten men, as we found out against Cape Town City, we kept on going unfortunately the result didn't go for us," Kerr told SuperSport after the match.
"We got the winner in the end but I'm disappointed with the penalty decisions, because the referee is the one making decisions in the game of football, to come all the way here to speak to the linesman and the fourth official and ask an opinion when he's the boss in the park, that's just totally wrong.
"I know Gavin [Hunt], if it was a penalty fair enough but the referee has to make that judgement, he's the man in charge, not the fourth official, not the linesman, they are there to assist him.
"But if you look at the distance from the fourth official to the linesman, they are so far away, the referee is ten metres away and he's given the call, goalkick but great character, we kept on going and that's the pleasing thing for me," he fumed.
"We're playing against ten men but ten men is always a tough game to beat, credit to the players we kept forcing it, we made too many wrong decisions in and around the penalty area.
"I think 'Zizou' our number ten [Celimpilo Ngema] he could have scored two goals but you gotta be confident and have that special belief to shoot, one is across the face of goal and one it's on the side-netting.
"But credit to everybody, my staff, the chairman is gonna be happy and on the personal note that's my first win against Gavin Hunt, he's a very good friend of mine, football is about three points and we got three points today, I'm pleased for the players."