Clinton Larsen bemoans scandalous Golden Arrows defending
Posted: 1 December 2016 Time: 09:34
Golden Arrows coach Clinton Larsen rued his side's defensive display as they managed a point at home to Polokwane City on Wednesday evening.
Abafana Bes'thende twice surrenderd their lead before having to fight back to draw 3-3 with City at the Princess Magogo Stadium last night.
Larsen felt his side's defence was suicidal, but prasised certain individual performances
"The first thing that comes to mind is 'diabolical defending' - the defending was so poor today, we took the lead twice and gave it away both times," Larsen told SuperSport after the match.
"We could have – in the first half – really had a cushion of two or three goals, but you know the opponents also came here for three points and they made life difficult for us.
"But I'm very, very disappointed with the way we defended. Happy for Lamola – he got his first goal. Mahachi and Sibiya made a huge difference and gave us some attacking impetus but, like I said, very disappointed with the way we defended."
Arrows also lost goalkeeper Maximillian Mbaeva at half-time, which saw Nkosingiphile Gumede coming on to replace him at the start of the second half.
"[Mbaeva suffered] a concussion, so we had to take him out to get medical service, but we've got full faith in all our goalkeepers, and Gumede came in and done well," concluded Larsen.
The KZN club remain in fourth place with 18 points, and trail leaders Cape Town City by three points, after 11 games.