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Menzo: Matches are decided by mistakes

Posted: 3 October 2017 Time: 10:15

Ajax Cape Town coach Stanley Menzo was left to rue the mistakes made by his side in their Cape derby loss over the weekend, but admits Cape Town City were the better side.

Goals from Victor Obinna and Judas Moseamedi gave the Citizens a 2-0 win, as the Urban Warriors succumbed to a third successive defeat to their town rivals.

“It was a disappointing result – that’s clear,” said Menzo. “We started too defensively, and could not get hold of them. In ball possession our game was too stuttered and not as fluid as City’s game, so we had to run a lot, and we felt it after 70, 80 minutes.”

The Ajax coach acknowledged his players were at fault for the first goal, but felt his side was hard done by on at least two occasions at the hands of the referee.

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“Matches are decided by mistakes,” he said. “We made a mistake for their first goal, and I think the missed penalty was a mistake of the referee – from my view it was definitely a penalty. For their second goal, I couldn’t see if the ball had crossed the line, but from my view, it was a clear, clear free-kick in the midfield [in the build-up] – I could see it, I don’t know if he [the referee] couldn’t see it, but he must have seen it. And when it was 2-0, it was over.”

The Ajax coach, however, admitted his rivals were the better side on the day, preventing his team from playing their own style of football.

“We worked hard, but it wasn’t enough to win those games,” Menzo said.

“City are more mature, fluent, all their passes have the right speed and all their runs are at the right moment, so we had to run more after them, and thus couldn’t play our own game.”

The loss leaves Ajax 13th on the Absa Premiership table, having collected just five points from their six games played.

Article by: Fabio De Dominicis

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