Vukusic focused on relegation rivals

Premiership

AmaZulu coach Josef Vukusic is switching focus to the upcoming Absa Premiership encounters against their relegation rivals after the loss to Orlando Pirates.

Usuthu suffered a third straight league defeat and saw their winless run across all competitions stretch to five matches following Saturday night's 1-0 loss at Orlando Stadium.

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“We played a good game. I think in the first half, we kept it 0-0 which was the plan. if we couldn’t score let’s keep it zero-zero because the last games they played they scored two-three goals in the first half then it was easy for them to play,” Vukusic told SuperSport TV.

“It’s not nice to concede so early in the second half. I think we made a mistake conceding the goal then we should rather concede from other situations but our keeper made saves, fantastic.

“But the game was good until 90 minutes, we tried our best and every single player played on its limit individually and it was even a good team performance.

The Slovakian believes his side played a ‘balancing game’ and looked forward to the last ten matches.

“It was a balancing game in defence and offence. We gave them a lot of problems. They were sometimes nervous but finally they scored one goal and I have to congratulate them. But we will keep working on that.

“Now it’s the final of the league. Its ten games, we have direct opponents, we play them so we must continue on that performance then I’m confident we will survive which is our target. So continue on today’s performance and start next week when we play direct opponents,” he said.

On whether he can lead the team to safety with the season heading to a close, Vukusic believes he was acquired to do exactly that.

“They brought me for that here. From the first day we knew it can become a difficult season, I came in the middle of the season,” he said.

“We rebuild the team, maybe three or four positions then today we finished the game with four or five players that are 20-21 youngsters and now we have our picture and game style and our strength- we knew our strengths and weaknesses.

“First day, I told them when I saw our position on the league I told the guys we try everything but it can be that we play until the last round that is football so you have a season like that,” he concluded.

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