Chippa United coach Dan “Dance” Malesela says his troops lacked an obvious hunger to win in their 1-1 draw with Platinum Stars in their PSL clash at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Friday night.
The Port Elizabeth side had a late chance to snatch the game when they were awarded a penalty, but Chippa striker Lerato Manzini sent the ball sailing over the net.
Malesela believes this was a clear sign that his players were not hungry enough for a win. He also said his players made too many errors, which contributed to them not collecting the full three points.
Despite the draw, the Chilli Boys remain unbeaten at home this season. They have recorded one win and two draws at home.
“Not a good display from ourselves at all,” a disappointed Malesela said.
“There were a lot of errors, passing mistakes and many basic defending mistakes that cost us big time.
“It could have cost us the entire three points. In some situations you look at how hungry we are to get points, and we didn’t seem to play the part today.
“We didn’t seem like people who are playing at home are, who are really willing to get points. The penalty we had was just evidence of that.”
He said Stars made it difficult for Chippa to play.
According to his philosophy, the fewer the mistakes, the better a team will play. The more mistakes you make, the more likely the chance is of being scored against or losing a match.
“As the match progresses you start planning and thinking, ‘you know if we get to this time then I will probably do this. If we get to this time I will probably do this’.
“There was a situation where there were about three players on the last substitution that I could easily take out.
“That makes life difficult because you now are saying ‘which one?’.
“I don’t want to be this person who seems to be following the direction of the supporters when they display that change sign because I see the game differently,” he said.