Phala feels SuperSport gel while Ertugral has no excuses

The Urban Warriors coach bemoaned his team's lack of quality in front of goal, after they lost 2-1 to SuperSport United on Saturday
Ajax Cape Town coach Muhsin Ertugral has questioned whether his team has enough quality to win matches, following the Urban Warriors 2-1 Telkom Knockout defeat to the hands of 10-man SuperSport United.

Ajax went into an early lead, but SuperSport struck back twice to secure the victory despite losing Edwin Gyimah to a red card in the second half.

Speaking after the match, Ertugral offered no excuses for the loss and blamed the side's lack of composure in front of goal.

"I don't want to find any excuses. Excuses won't [take] us to another level. You still need to come out here and do the right things," Ertgural told reporters. 

"Obviously we have a lot of injuries. That's still not an excuse as in the last twenty minutes, we should have scored goals, but we can't score and that is the problem.   

"We were leading 1-0 and we knew that SuperSport could counter us at any time, during the build up processes. We had a free kick and from there it was a counter-attack and they scored. The second one - our defence [faltered] and we're working on it every day.

"When it came to 10-men we had goal chances. But we need to speak about whether we have enough quality, that's the main point."

SuperSport United player Thuso Phala believes that his side had to fight hard in order to defeat Ajax in tough conditions, praising the strong character within the team.

"It was difficult given the heat. It was always going to be a difficult game, but the heat was also affecting them too. I'm just glad they we got the victory. It was a hard fought victory, especially [since] we went 1-0 down early in the game. We had to show character and we were able to come back," Phala said.

The speedy winger in targeting silverware for Matsatsantsa, and beleives that the team are slowly becoming a force to be reckoned with this season.

"We just have to fight for every piece of silverware available to us. We're out of the MTN 8 Cup, but that's behind us and hopefully we can win this cup.

"[Johnson] has made us more of a ball-playing team. He is a coach who wants us to play well. The results come after, as long as we are enjoying ourselves. I think that slowly but surely we are gelling as a team and we'll get there. I don't think that we're there yet, we still have to work hard at it and play how the coach wants."