Absa Premiership

Johnson critical of pitch and referee

2017-03-14 09:59
Cavin Johnson (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Platinum Stars coach Cavin Johnson is looking forward to a "better pitch and better referee" in the second leg of their CAF Confederation Cup tie against Vipers Sports Club.

Dikwena are trailing 1-0 from the first-leg, where Milton Karisa scored the only goal of the game in the second-half at St. Mary's Stadium in Uganda on Saturday.

Johnson felt the playing surface at the ground in Kampala was not up to scratch, while he also found fault with the performance of the match official on the day.

But the 58-year-old is confident of turning things around in the second leg on home soil this weekend at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium, which will allow for a better spectacle of football.

"Thanks to the Ugandan people for a wonderful atmosphere," Johnson said at the post-match press conference in Uganda.

"It can be a better ground, a lot even. I don't think the football field is a field for playing this type of competition. For future maybe it will get better.

"For the support and other things well done to Vipers. They won and we are happy to go home with 1-0. We know back home, we will have a different plan. We will play better football and hopefully we will have a better ref as well.

"I don't think I fell short on the pitch. I thought the man of the match is the man in yellow. We held the ball, we went forward but when we tried to do something, it stopped.

"For what it's worth, I think we had few chances. When we were about to score or take an attempt the whistle went off. We can overcome those things when we are at home.

"When you get to South Africa, be prepared to play on a better pitch and better referee. I thought the refereeing was not good but that's how football is. You win some and you lose some."

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