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Cavin Johnson feeling cool as AmaZulu respond against SuperSport United

Posted: 22 January 2018 Time: 12:15

AmaZulu coach Cavin Johnson insists he was not feeling any "heat" prior to the 2-0 win over SuperSport United in Umlazi on Sunday.

Johnson has come under pressure from the club's fans following the team's poor start to the season, with some supporters prevented from entering Usuthu's training base last week to stage a protest.

While there was also talk that some players had lost confidence in Johnson, he maintains he has always backed his charges.

"The heat? There wasn't any heat. I think the only heat we have is the heat in the oven. There was never any heat," Johnson told reporters after the victory at King Zwelithini Stadium.

"I was always confident in my players. I was always confident that we'll get the tactics right and if we scored the goals earlier then we will be better off. But unfortunately in some games you got to admit 'ja, today we were beaten'. In some games you got to take your hat off to say 'today I never played well'.

"The same goes to when we didn't play well last week against Baroka and we lost 2-0. Today we didn't play well but we won and this is how football is."

Veteran striker Siyabonga Nomvethe scored the opener against SuperSport when he pounced at the back post in the 12th minute for a record-extending 121st PSL goal.

Ovidy Karuru was then gifted a goal on the stroke of half-time from a sloppy pass from goalkeeper Reyaad Pieterse, who was not on the same page as midfielder Dean Furman.

Johnson, who replaced Nomvethe in the 75th minute with Samuel Darpoh, earlier in the season denied he had suffered a fall-out with 'Bhele' when queried over the forward's lack of game-time. He reiterated he will deploy the ex-Bafana Bafana international when he sees fit.

"Like I said at the beginning of the season, Nomvethe will have games where we plan around him and he'll have games where he'll come on. There will be games where he'll play and games he'll start," Johnson explained.

"That's what we accepted. He's proven that again he can do it for an amount of time and when the time is up we can take him off. But we appreciate that and he's part of the group of 11 players on the field. And for that, he's got to put in a shift like everybody else."

Johnson's 13th-placed side next host Bloemfontein Celtic at the same venue on Wednesday in a rescheduled fixture. The match was originally set to take place in December but was abandoned due to heavy rain.

Article by: Robin-Duke Madlala
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