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Johnson Disappointed With Pirates Defeat

AmaZulu coach Cavin Johnson believes his side had the better chance to win the game and they didn’t deserve to be on the losing side against Orlando Pirates. 

Read: Bucs Keep Title Hopes Alive With Usuthu Win

AmaZulu squandered a 1-0 lead to lose 2-1 to the Buccaneers at King Zwelethini Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

The defeat slightly knocks their top-eight hopes with three matches remaining this season.

“I thought we had the better chances in the first half. I thought we played good football. Overall, it was a good game of football for the 9000 people that attended. I think they saw one of the better games of the season," Johnson told SuperSport after the game.

“One is looking to win the league, the other is looking for points into the top eight and I thought we both gave a good account of ourselves. It was unlucky for us today to go and lose this. But we can take a lot out of this game into the last three games".

After throwing away the lead, Johnson believes they should have handled the situation much better, particularly goalkeeper Siyabonga Mbatha, whose challenge led to the equaliser. 

“I thought the goal we allowed them wasn’t supposed to be. I thought Siya should’ve done better at marshalling the defence in front of him. It was an unnecessary call on him to come out, but he’s going to learn from it," he said.

“Siya is a triple-storey goalkeeper. He is as big as a house. Got to make sure whoever attacks him doesn’t score. But we conceded a silly goal and foul I think. We had the game at that time.

“Had it gone 1-0 at half-time, the second half would’ve been different because they would’ve thrown people at us and we knew how they were going to play. So we needed to close the lines. 

“I thought in the second half there were periods where we never crossed the lines correctly that’s why we brought on Michael Morton to give us better lines going forward. But happy with the boys, they put in a good shift. But not happy we didn’t get anything out of the game,” he said.

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