Maritzburg United head coach Eric Tinkler has called for balance from the referees after two key players will now miss the match against Mamelodi Sundowns after picking up yellow cards.
The Team of Choice failed to take advantage of Baroka's slip-up against Highlands Park as they lost 1-0 to Kaizer Chiefs on Saturday evening.
To add insult to injury, Maritzburg will now be without the services of Miguel Timm and Siphesihle Ndlovu, who will be suspended for accumulation of yellow cards.
"This is how the ball rolls unfortunately. First tackle we make, we get a yellow card. Same (Chiefs) player makes two tackles, no warning. It doesn't balance out," Tinkler told SuperSport after the game.
"That's all I'm asking. Let their be balance. If you going to give my player a yellow card for his first tackle, then you should have given (Daniel) Cardoso, which he didn't.
"The (Timm) Miguel one. The ball was out, the linesman even said it was out and that it's a throw-in.
The referee decides no. My decision is a yellow and it's a free-kick. Consistency, that's disappointment like you said. It's not like we are blessed with a big squad and they (Timm and Ndlovu) are key players that we now miss in a crucial game like (Mamelodi) Sundowns."
On the actual game, Tinkler felt his brought the defeat on themselves by making defensive errors.
"You create chances, but you don't take them and then you commit certain defensive errors. If you don't show the character and maturity, you going to get punished and that's precisely what happened," he added.
"We had the chances before that (Allie's clearance), and we didn't take those chances. You not going to tell me that it was opportunities that they created, it was opportunities we created for them. That's the disappointment for me. All the chances they created was because of our errors, not because of their inventiveness or creative play. It was our mistakes.
"You got take the chances you have. Right at the start of the second half, we go 1-0 up and the pressure is all on them."