Platinum Stars coach Cavin Johnson watched his men go 2-1 down to Mamelodi Sundowns and couldn’t fault them for effort.
“We should have at least walked away with a point but it was not to be. We are proud of the boys,” said Johnson after the duel with African champions at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace on Tuesday night.
Sundowns were the first to take the lead through Themba Zwane in the tenth minute. Dikwena would come back strong in the second half with centreback Sphamandla Mlilo heading the equalizer past Denis Onyango in the 48th minute.
“We came out second half a lot better. I thought the players put in a lot better technical quality and the movement of the players was a lot better. Then we got the equalizer and I thought the game was even but it was be spoilt,” said Johnson.
With the two sides looking destined for a share of spoils, a lapse of concentration by Dikwena defence allowed Sundowns to grab the winner with six minutes to go through Khama Billiat. Johnson is of the view that a share of spoils would have been fair considering the efforts both sides put on the night.
“To go away with nothing from this match is not a true reflection of what the game was all about,” said Johnson.
Dikwena remain third from bottom with 16 points. Johnson believes it’s just a matter of time before Dikwena move up the Absa Premiership table.
“There’s always pressure. It’s tight at the top or at the bottom and at the moment is tight at the bottom and we need to get out of there. We have to fight. I have no uncertainty in my head that the way we play we will stay here. I don’t think it’s a worry. It’s about maintaining the physical condition of the players and maintaining their mental toughness and I am sure they will come out,” said Johnson.
Dikwena’s next match is an away fixture to Bloemfontein Celtic this coming Saturday. Johnson will be hoping Stars can get a win.
“We have been pushing very hard. The players have really upped their game. They just have to carry on and someone is going to lose against us. We going to push and get our heads up. We hope the next time the ball falls for us for a change,” said Johnson.