Absa Premiership

Matlaba: We must take blame

2016-09-29 15:20
Thabo Matlaba (TEAMtalk)

Cape Town - Orlando Pirates fullback Thabo Matlaba admits the Bucs' defence should take the blame for lapse in concentration which led to Platinum Stars' equaliser.

The Bucs looked on course for a narrow win over Dikwena at Orlando Stadium on Tuesday night before Thobani Kunene scored in stoppage time to break Pirates' hearts.

The result was a missed opportunity for the Soweto giants as a win would have put them top of the Premiership table.

"This is one of the matches one wants to forget quickly because it's a match that should have been won," he told Vodacom Soccer. "But we have been let down by our lapse of concentration when it mattered most.

"As the team's defence we are the ones to take a blame, but anyway these things happen in football, and one has to go back to the drawing board and plan for the next match.

"Of course, a win would have given us an edge, but we have put the draw behind us and look forward to our next match against Polokwane City.

"League is a marathon and there is a still a long way to go, but it's crucial to accumulate vital points as early as the season starts," Matlaba concluded.

Bucs' next match will be an away clash against Polokwane City in two weeks at New Peter Mokaba Stadium.

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