Absa Premiership

Point gained vital - Barker

2015-03-14 13:33
Steve Barker (Supplied)
Steve Barker (Supplied)

Port Elizabeth - Following their 1-1 draw against Chippa United on Friday, AmaZulu head coach Steve Barker insisted that the point gained might play a crucial role in helping Usuthu avoid automatic relegation to the National First Division (NFD) next season.

Usuthu and the Chilli Boys shared the spoils in an entertaining encounter at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth.

The in-form Mbulelo Mabizela broke the deadlock for AmaZulu before Roscoe Pietersen’s own goal levelled matters for United on the stroke of half-time.

Barker, however, gave praise to his team for their tremendous display on the night.

“I think it’s a vital point gained for us considering our red card got in the match,” said Barker.

“It’s just a pity we conceded a goal before half-time.

“Had we not conceded then, maybe we could have went on and do something special with one man down.

“But I must commend my players for the commitment, attitude, running and unity shown.

“This is our fourth game unbeaten and that’s what we need to do.

“Let’s just hope that this point could be a vital one come end of the season.

“It was a tough encounter but credit must go to the players for their hard work.”

The draw for Usuthu cut the deficit at the bottom to five points to 15th-placed Moroka Swallows.

However, the deficit could be stretched once again this weekend should The Dube Birds manage a win when they face struggling Mpumalanga Black Aces at the Mbombela Stadium on Saturday.

Kick-off is at 15:30.

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