Head coach Serame Letsoaka admits his Free State Stars side need to improve in order to gain a positive result from their crucial Premiership fixture over relegation-threatened Highlands Park.
Following the narrow 2-1 defeat to Maritzburg United at the Harry Gwala Stadium on Sunday, where Ea Lla Koto let their first-half lead slip – the former Bloemfontein Celtic boss lamented some of the decision making and the lack of impact from his substitutions.
Mohammed Annas’ strike mid-way through the first-half was canceled in the second 45 minutes by the Team of Choice through attackers Evans Rusike and Lebohang Maboe.
“We played periodically and there were stages where the team was trying to play but we never really got to the second and third gear and I think that really killed us,” Letsoaka said in reference to the Maritzburg encounter.
“Secondly we made a lot of passing mistakes in very crucial areas from the players that we really trust, thus it made us to turn and defend.
“Maritzburg came very strong in the second-half, they made good changes at the right time,” he added. “On the other hand our substitution did not really made an impact in the game.
“We need to pick ourselves up for the very next match against Highlands Park at home and make sure we collect maximum points to ensure that we leave a bigger gap between them and us.”