Key lesson from Swallows' 1st defeat

Premiership

Swallows FC coach Brandon Truter has pointed out one key lesson from his side's first defeat in the DStv Premiership from 17 games this season.

Swallows' 16-game dream start to life in the top flight came to an abrupt halt last night when they suffered a 2-1 defeat to fellow rookies TS Galaxy in Nelspruit.

The Dube Birds have been flying high in their maiden campaign in the premier division, with seven wins and nine draws prior to Tuesday's defeat, having at times given several big guns a run for their money.

With their first empty-handed return in the league, Truter believes this could come as a blessing as they no longer carry the pressure of trying to avoid that somewhat inevitable maiden loss.

"Ja, no, it could be [a blessing]. It's almost exactly a year since we last lost a game, so we'll look to kick on. It's a home game next against TTM, and we also want to turn over the Nedbank Cup result," Truter reacted after the match at Mbombela Stadium.

"This might be a wake up call but the boys did very well, I just want to emphasise that. We look forward to the next game.

"I'll have to motivate them [the players], of course they are now a bit down with this result – we thought we won it [at 1-0 up] but it ain't over until the final whistle and that's what we realised.

"But I'm sure it won't be a problem to motivate them, we have some experienced boys who can help in that regard, so we look forward to it; I'm looking forward to the TTM game already because we need to get this result behind us as quickly as possible."

Log leaders Mamelodi Sundowns now remain the only team with an unblemished record in the 2020/21 season, as they sit three points clear with three games in hand.

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