Absa Premiership

We'll take the point - Freese

2014-09-01 14:04
Allan Freese (Gallo Images)

Johannesburg - Platinum Stars were relieved to walk away with a point draw against Bloemfontein Celtic, according to head coach Allan Freese.

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Stars had lost three of their previous four games, all against Kaizer Chiefs, in league and cup fixtures.

"I told them to look for a result, but with one point I'm not going to complain," Freese said.

"After all the losses, this draw has settled the team and we'll take it."

Celtic were a force up front throughout the match, but neither of the sides were accurate enough, with Stars also failing to capitalise on the opportunities they created.

While their hosts were satisfied with a share of the points, the visitors were disappointed not to make use of their multitude of chances.

"In the second half, after changing the structure, I think we could have got three or fours goals," said Celtic assistant coach Fadlu Davids.

"They (Stars) were good in the first half. They really put us under presssure.

"Once we settled and changed the structure in the second half it was much better, but you have to take your chances if you want the three points.

"We're definitely not happy with one point."

Celtic head coach Ernst Middendorp was banished to the stands in the second half, but he continued to shout instructions to the players on the field and the support staff on the bench.

The German mentor was also seen protesting the decision after the match.

"It's a bit strange that the one-time our coach steps just outside his technical area he gets sent off," Davids said.

"It has to be fair for both sides. The other coach (Freese) also stepped out and we'll have to look into it."

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Freese said his players looked forward to the two-week break, due to the Fifa international window, with the next round of league matches to be played on September 13.

"All the guys who are injured will have time to recover, so the next game we play we might have a full squad," Freese said.

"Today we were missing a couple of players and we had to change the way we play to accommodate that, so the break will be welcomed."

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