Coach Luc Eymael has offered Free State Stars fans and management on behalf of the players whom he feels failed to rise to the occasion in the 3-0 defeat to Bloemfontein Celtic on Sunday.
Ea Lla Koto were second best for most of the encounter at the Dr Petrus Molemela Stadium in the Free State Derby, with Victor Letsoalo grabbing a brace and Lucky Baloyi inflicting the misery.
However, Eymael feels the outcome of the fixture could have been so different had striker Mohammed Anas converted a glorious opportunity to level the scoring in the opening half.
“We really did not come to the party today, so I want to apologise to the people of Bethlehem, supporters as well as the management,” he said.
“We were not there today we created one chance with Muhammed Anas which could have been one all, but it’s unbelievable to miss these kinds of chances. At one all the game can change completely.
“We started well in the second half but generally we did not come to the party.”
The former Polokwane City coach feels his squad didn’t embrace the moment of what it means to play in a derby and their lack of urgency to attack is what saw Siwelele punish them on the day.
Eymael also went on to lament the missed opportunity to move into the top-three spot of the Premiership table
“I told my players today that winners never go reverse but today we played completely reverse. I told my players that it’s a derby and in the derby, you don’t just play a derby, you play to win it.
“It’s the fourth time this season since I take over that we can be in the top three. One time you can understand, two times you can still understand but fourth times I cant agree with that.
“I hope that my players will bounce back and the supporters and management back with a win,” the Belgian mentor added.
“Now the ball is in the court of the players to bounce back I do my utmost best during the week all the time. It’s our worst game I have ever seen from my team.”