Free State Stars coach Luc Eymael says he expected more from his charges against Mamelodi Sundowns
Posted: 21 February 2018 Time: 22:37
Free State Stars coach Luc Eymael says he expected more from his players during their 1-1 draw with Mamelodi Sundowns.
Ea Lla Koto recovered from a poor first half, with Siphelele Mthembu canceling out Percy Tau’s early strike as the sides settled for a share of the spoils.
Eymael admitted his charges were not at the races in the opening stanza against the Absa Premiership leaders.
“We didn’t come to the party in the first half. We were completely over-played by Sundowns. We allowed them to turn, control the ball and make runs behind our defenders. I prepared my team against that but I don’t know what happened,” Eymael tactician told SuperSport TV.
“But you saw in the second half there was less space between the lines and we started to press Sundowns a bit higher what is normally our game plan and then we created a lot of chances especially on the right side of Langerman and then we equalised I think it was completely deserved. We performed brilliantly in the second half. Badra Ali Sangare my goalkeeper made brilliant saves to keep us in the game. We came to the party in the second half.
“I come to the field to win. I should expect a better game from my players. This point is important. In December we got nine points out of 12 like Sundowns but they were awarded. Now in January, we have taken the same points as the other team that has also has been awarded. I know a lot of people are undermining us but we’re still there. I know some people will like us to fail but failure is part of the process. It’s about how you respond. By the grace of God we won this point.
“My target was to save Free State Stars it has already been reached. Mathematically we are safe. My second target is to bring Free State Stars to the top eight. We are not there yet mathematically we still need seven or eight points. If I reach this target it’s already a good thing.”