AmaZulu coach Ayanda Dlamini says they have only themselves to blame for not getting anything out of their seven-goal thriller with Mamelodi Sundowns.
Usuthu showed glimpses of brilliance with Lehlohonolo Majoro getting the opener while Sandile Khumalo and Luvuyo Memela were also on the scoresheet in a see-saw game.
Sundowns were almost out of sight thanks to a nine-minute hat-trick by Themba Zwane in the first stanza but they were made to sweat for victory, with Peter Shalulule getting the decisive goal.
"We came here with a game plan and I think the first ten to 15 minutes we did very well. We came here with the game plan that Sundowns must not play, try press high," Dlamini told SuperSport TV after the match.
"The first goal was the result of that, they made a [Ricardo Nascimento] a bad pass and we scored from there. After that they got an equaliser, where we didn't sort ourselves at the back.
"OK, after the equaliser I think our players lost their heads a bit and then the second goal came and the third goal came, we went to half-time and fixed the mistakes that we saw," he went on.
"We saw that 'Mshishi' [Themba Zwane] was coming inside, into the spaces and [Kermit] Erasmus was doing the same, so we closed the inside and said, 'OK, go outside or go for a long ball'.
"But we had to deal with the long ball again because when we fixed the first problem we told them that 'Guys, they're gonna come with a long ball now, so let's sort that one out'. We score two goals but concede from a corner-kick, it's a simple situation where you an sort yourself out.
"But it's the lessons learned we played a very good side, now moving forward we need to look at our mistakes and try to improve," he said.
"Sundowns is a quality team, they're the champions of the league, scoring three goals against them it's not easy but if we scored three goals against the champions away, you shouldn't lose that game, that's why I'm saying we killed ourselves with a bit of mistakes but it's fine.
It's only our fourth game of the season, let's try to rectify our mistakes and looked forward."