Platinum Stars coach Allan Freese says his side became too desperate against University of Pretoria on Sunday and ended up losing focus when they went 1-0 down to the struggling side away from home.
The Rustenburg-based side lost out in moving up to third on the log if they won and now they remain sixth on the standings with 27 points from 18 matches, and 13 points behind leader Kaizer Chiefs.
“It’s not nice when you lose but I think we didn’t defend properly especially in the first-half and it became difficult to come back and it wasn’t easy to come back like we did at Polokwane City where we were 2-0 down and came back to draw level,” said Stars coach Allan Freese
“We became desperate and we started playing the football that we not used to like chasing the game. We also have been not playing well since the new-year so we have to rectify our mistakes and get back to our normal play.
Platinum Stars have been the most successful team so far this season after winning two cups on offer this season which is the MTN8 Cup and the Telkom Knockout Cup.
This Saturday they begin another journey to the Nedbank Cup glory which is contested by 32 teams, eight teams from National first Division and eight from Vodacom League (third tier). The double champions will face second division side Great North FC at home in the last 32.
“The Nedbank Cup gives us a chance to redeem ourselves after this loss and we will give it all our focus now that we have done with our match against AmaTuks.”
“It is a competition that consist of 32 teams fighting each other and we will respect any team whether it is a premiership team or a team from a lower division because we have seen so called small teams surprise big names in the past,” concluded the 57-year old coach, who guided his charges to the double glory this season.