Carnell Claims Communication Breakdown In Bloem
Coach, Bradley Carnell, says there was communication problem between the referee and UJ’s captain before the player was sent off in a dramatic clash against UFS-Kovsies in Bloemfontein on Monday night.
Playing with 10 men, UJ managed to claw their way back into the match after a sterling second half performance, scoring two goals to come from behind twice with the match ending 2-2.
UJ captain, Grant Bruchhausen, was given his marching orders after being shown two yellow cards in the 36th minute of the match. The first came after the central defender handled the ball in the penalty area. He was then shown a second yellow card for remonstrating with the referee.
After speaking to Bruchhausen, Carnell claims there was breakdown in communication, saying the referee must have misunderstood what his captain had said after the penalty was taken.
“I didn’t hear what was said between him (Bruchhausen) and the referee, but I have faith in my players and from I can tell there was definitely a misunderstanding on the referee’s behalf.
“But what’s done is done. We’re not going to look into the matter – we’ll just move on and focus on recovering this week,” Carnell said.
The UJ coach says he was not happy with his side’s first half performance, but was pleased they reacted well to the sending off and managed to secure a draw against a determined Kovsies team.
“They really came at us in both halves and we didn’t do too well in the first, but the guys showed character to come back into the match and they can take lots of credit for a good performance.
“After the sending off we just had to react and luckily we have lots of depth and quality in our squad. The guys played through the pain barrier to get the draw and they really worked their socks off and it paid when we bounced back,” he added.
UJ are now third with eight points from four games played and Carnell explained he is happy with their points tally thus far.
“We are where I wanted us to be at this stage and that’s great because we’re still in the running. We have a couple of home games ahead, so we can look forward to that,” he said.