Neeskens rues 'childish' error

2012-02-26 17:11

Johannesburg - While Mamelodi Sundowns coach Johan Neeskens breathed a sigh of relief after his team drew with Moroka Swallows on Friday, he was still unhappy with his side's performance.

The log leaders were held to a 2-2 draw by a spirited Birds display in Dobsonville, their second consecutive draw.

"I felt we started off well and after that we got sloppy. I'm not happy with how we conceded," said Neeskens.

"We were better in the second-half, worked hard, took the lead and then let in a childish equaliser a minute later.

"We know (Swallows striker) Siyabonga Nomvethe's movements, we discussed it but we didn't implement.

"But I can live with a draw. We still have a lot of work to do and still have to improve our defending." They now carry 36 points after 18 matches.

Swallows coach Gordon Igesund criticised the decision making in the final half of the field in an otherwise thrilling encounter.

"The decision making was poor. A player would shoot when there's an option and then pass when he should be taking a shot," Igesund said.

"We also conceded just before the break, which could have been different had we gone to half-time 1-0 ahead."

They are sixth on the table with 30 points.

Title challenging SuperSport United and Kaizer Chiefs suffered a loss and and a draw respectively, missing out on a chance to close the deficit to one point on Sundowns.

United were lacklustre in their 1-0 loss to AmaZulu, while Chiefs were held to a 1-1 draw by Wits on Saturday.

United coach Gavin Hunt was critical of his team's lack of penetration in front of goal, especially in their recent matches in Atteridgeville.

"One goal in three games at home. It is frustrating considering the chances we create," he said.

Chiefs (33 points) moved up to second spot while Amatsatsantsa a Pitori remain on 32 points.

In the another result, Ajax Cape Town drew 1-1 with Santos in the Cape derby.

Meanwhile, at the bottom of the table, Jomo Cosmos squandered a two goal lead as they allowed Free State Stars to force a 2-2 draw in Daveyton.

Ezenkosi coach Jomo Sono saved his anger for the dressing room after the match, lambasting his team's poor defending in the final 30 minutes.

"It is frustrating but our problem is staying focused. We lose concentration at crucial stages," said Cosmos' Bafana Bafana striker Siyabonga Nontshinga.

They are 15th on the table with one win and 12 points from 18 games.

The match between Golden Arrows and bottom-placed Black Leopards in Umlazi was postponed due to security reasons.

These were because of events outside the King Zwelithini Stadium where police allegedly had to use tear gas. The problems apparently had nothing to do with the match.