It was a tough day at the office for the Diski boys who were reduced to 10 men and lost 1-0 to SuperSport United today.
Today’s game started off level headed, with both sides controlling their ball well and creating creative scoring opportunities. We were unlucky not to open the scoring early on in the game off a free kick just outside the box, and missed a number of chances in the first 30 minutes against a confident SuperSport team.
In the 36th minute the game was turned on its head as Thabani Zuke received a red card and the home side was awarded a penalty. Zuke, the last man in defence pulled a player down in the box as SuperSport attacked. The referee handed him the maximum punishment and gave United the opportunity to take the lead.
Coming out of the break, the side made an effort to find an equaliser, and although they were creating the opportunities were just not able to convert the chances.
Being a man down also meant a great deal of defensive work needed to be carried out. This drained the team physically, not allowing them to push up at full throttle when they needed to.
This was not the result that the team were hoping for, and will need to regroup as they prepare this week for their game against Free State Stars at Sugar Ray Stadium next week.