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Platinum Stars' Roger de Sa reaction to promotion-relegation play-offs draw with Jomo Cosmos

Posted: 24 May 2018 Time: 10:44

Platinum Stars coach Roger de Sa is optimistic his side can still make the grade in the promotion/relegation play-offs.

Dikwena were held to a goalless draw by Jomo Cosmos at Moruleng Stadium on Wednesday night. The disappointing result means that Dikwena’s fate is no longer in their hands, though there could be a glimmer of hope for De Sa’s men to emerge, provided they win their remaining two matches.

“I am disappointed that we didn’t take control of the first half and score when we got the chances. First half we were a lot better. We created opportunities, got into the box and we should have scored. We had three good chances which we missed. In the second half, we became a little more scrappy. Cosmos sat back a bit deeper and played on a counter. We lost our way and started playing high balls and hoped for the best. That’s not how we play. We wanted to penetrate and get behind them a bit more,” said De Sa, whose side are bottom of the three-team log after two matches with a point.

Dikwena’s next assignment in the play-offs is a do-or-die encounter against leaders Black Leopards at Moruleng Stadium this coming Saturday night.

“We’ve got a great opportunity to get back into it. If we get the three points against Leopards, I think it will be pretty even and it will go down to the last game. Hopefully we can put a good performance and turn the result,” said De Sa.

“We always knew that we needed seven points in the play-offs. Seven points is usually the amount that takes you through. We got a point now and we have two games to go. We have got to win both. There’s no other calculation. There’s no other way to do it. Hopefully we can get a good result and good performance on Saturday and take us through to Cosmos on the last game. All we can do is give it a go and win to stay in it.”

Kick-off is at 20h15 on Saturday.

Article by: Staff Reporter
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