The jet-lagged Michael Boxall endured a torrid 45 minutes

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Igesund admits Boxall blunder

Posted: 26 July 2015 Time: 10:05

SuperSport United coach Gordon Igesund admits he was at fault following his side’s defeat against Crystal Palace on Friday evening.

Matsatsantsa were beaten 4-0 by the Barclays Premiership side, conceding four first half goals with a new-look defensive line that included former Bafana bafana defender Bongani Khumalo and new signing Michael Boxall.

Boxall had only landed in the country following work permit delays the day before the game, and endured a tough baptism of fire against the English club, and Igesund admits he was at fault for fielding the New Zealand international in the first place.

“Boxall only arrived on Thursday – obviously he’s not fit and all the travelling caught up with him, and he wasn’t what I expected of him on the day,” Igesund said in the post-match press conference.

“But that’s my fault for throwing him in of course. I thought I would throw him in and give him a chance and have a look at him, but we then conceded three other goals – it was a bit of a shambles in the first half.”

The SuperSport coach however feels his side are still on track with their pre-season preparations.

“I think we are exactly where we should be as far as our pre-season is concerned,” he says. “We’ve only this week started playing with the ball – for the past three weeks the guys have been doing a lot of endurance work to get sharp and fit.

“The hard work has been done now, so hopefully between now and the first League match we will have three or four good friendly games to mould the team into a unit, be more organised, keep our shape better, pass the ball better and create better situations. So I think we are on track.”

SuperSport face Ajax Cape Town in the Cape Town Cup 3rd/4th place play-off on Sunday, with kick off scheduled for 13:00. The Final, between Palace and Sporting Lisbon is scheduled for 15h30.

Article by: Fabio De Dominicis
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