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Da Gama Very Disappointed With Late Goal

Highlands Park head coach Owen da Gama was left 'very disappointed' with the manner in which his side conceded against Mamelodi Sundowns.

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The Lions of the Nort were seconds away from securing point at Lucas Moripe Stadium before Mauricio Affonso struck the winning goal for the Brazilians.

Da Gama was not a happy a man about the late considering how many times it occured during the last season.

"You know, with a minute to go and you defend the way you defend, I'm very disappointed. Congratulations to Sundowns, I think they pushed hard and worked well, they really have some quality players," the former Orlando Pirates coach told SuperSport TV after the match.

"But in saying that, we had a point, we just had to defend for anther minute and we have a point. If you can't do this at this level, then you have to play in the NFD, not in the PSL. Here if you've got a point, with two, three minutes to go,you consolidate," he continued.

"It happened so may times last season and we thought we got it right but once again we just left a player on his own and he scored. With regards to our attack, I thought we were going too wide at times, getting the ball in an attacking position and then go wide, for what reason?

"There were clear instructions, "get on the inside" but in saying that, I'm very disappointed to lose in this fashion. You'd expect Sundowns to outplay you, beat you 3-0, 4-0 no problem. But not to lose in this fashion. We'll keep on learning and trying our best and we'll try and rectify it.

"Every match we're creating more chances than the opposition but we need to put it in the back of the net. We're happy for the opportunities created but if you don't take them, sooner or late you're going to crack and they will also get chances and they took their chance well. They [Highlands players] must learn one thing, if it's not your day, you consolidate, you take a point and run," he added.


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