Chippa United head coach Joel Masutha bemoaned his side’s defensive errors in their 4-2 defeat to Orland Pirates on Tuesday.
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The Chilli Boys conceded after just three minutes when Happy Jele was left completely unmarked in the six-yard box for a free header. Then Phetso Maphanga made a calamitous error which led to an own goal.
In fact, Masutha believed that Pirates’ fourth goal was the only goal they actually had to work for.
“We made defensive errors, we conceded a goal in the third minute,” Masutha told SuperSport TV. “Corner kick, which no one even attempted to head the ball. So for me it was a giveaway. I can say that this was a game that was determined by giveaways. Because for me Pirates’ fourth goal was the only goal they worked hard for. But the other three we could have done better.
Masutha admitted it would be a tough task to lift the players after nine games without a win in the league.
It’s tough when you’re down there – there’s lots of things going on in the players’ heads. You know, stress, this that, it’s something we have to manage. But I felt we didn’t defend well and that gave Pirates the confidence to come at us. Pirates played well, they were not four goals better than us. We just need to tighten up at the back and make the right decisions,” added Masutha.