Vladeslav Heric has declared the next Absa Premiership encounter against Bloemfontein Celtic a “must win” after his charges allowed Ajax Cape Town to come back equalizing in the 89th minute at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.
Currently in seventh position with 34 points, Chippa United looked like they had secured a win on Sunday until a defensive error led to Ajax Cape Town grabbing an equalizer, forcing the game to end 1-all cancelling Mxolisi “Thuma-mina” Macupu’s goal.
“It feels like we lost the game. It was important for us to win this game and get to 36 points. We were a little bit lethargic in the first half even though we created a few chances. We were slow on our build up and gave them time on the ball.
“We were good on counters. I believe we should have scored two or three goals. Mark Mayambela was brilliant for us on the flanks.
Heric refused to point fingers on the defense; “We stopped playing which resulted in a tactical mistake. I feel that my players did well and I remain proud of their efforts. The performance was again solid but at home, a point is not enough, it is not acceptable,” said Heric speaking to chippautdfc.co.za after the game.
“I will ask my players to show more aggression and energy at our home games. Our home record must improve, that is for sure.
“I do think that despite the draw the team has improved tremendously and I applaud my players for their effort,”
“We will go back to the training ground and correct it and try to be ready for the next game,” said Heric.
Chippa United will return to training on Wednesday afternoon in preparation for the next encounter away in Bloemfontein on Tuesday; “It is a must win game. We must go to Bloemfontein with a belief that we can win the game. There are no easy games at this stage of the season as everyone is fighting for something” added Heric.
Chippa United are now left with three games with Bloemfontein Celtic away on Tuesday, 25 April 2018 and back to East London for last home game of the season on Saturday, 28th before traveling to Polokwane to face Polokwane City on 12th May.