Notoane praises resilient Santos
Oct 22nd, 2013 - 11:51
Santos Head Coach David Notoane has praised the character of his players for the fight they showed in turning around a two-nil deficit to secure a point from their National First Division clash with United FC at the Moruleng Stadium on Sunday.

An uncharacteristic error in defence in the 38th minute allowed the Vultures to get in behind the People's Team's with Strydom Wambi tapping home the opener. The same player then threatened to end the club's unbeaten start to the season with a second shortly after the restart.

But some intelligent changes during the second period allowed the visitors to get back in the tie with half-time substitute Gregory Roelf bagging his second and third goals of the season, in the 75th and 92nd minutes.

Upon his arrival back in Cape Town, Notoane revealed to thepeoplesteam.co.za that while a draw was not the desired result, he was delighted by the way his side ended the game.

He said: "I think the boys acquitted themselves very well. We were in the game up until the 38th minute in the first half when we conceded the first goal.

"That obviously put us a little bit on the back foot and helped build their confidence going into half-time.

"We then conceded an early goal in the second half which gave them the upper hand and they started keeping the ball, obviously being two-nil up.

"But we managed to come back, we rallied, we boosted the boys, and the game was there for the taking."

He explained: "We were in it tactically. They are a team that keeps the ball, we know that, so we made some changes with Greg coming on at half-time, and with Katleho (Moleko) and Neo (Segalo) also being introduced, which turned the game.

"And with about an hour gone we started taking control of the match, we managed to take the game to them, and with 12 minutes to go we were rewarded with our first goal.

"Greg scored his second very late, but he could have had a hat-trick had he scored when one-on-one with the keeper, but he put it wide."

Notoane concluded: "I was pleased with the character from the boys; we never gave up and we kept plugging away. We kept pushing them, and for me we actually beat them at their own game in the second half.

"A draw is not the desired result because we were really pushing to get three points out of this game but to go to Rustenburg and play the way we did and end the game the way we did has really lifted the team ahead of the match with Sivutsa Stars tomorrow."

Santos return to the Coetzenburg Stadium in Stellenbosch on Wednesday evening with kick-off at 19:30.

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# Team Name Pld. Gd. Pts.
1 Thanda Royal Zulu 2 3 6
2 Mthatha Bucks 2 3 6
3 University of Pretoria 2 2 6
4 AmaZulu 2 2 6
5 Santos FC 2 1 4
6 Mbombela United 2 1 3
7 Witbank Spurs FC 2 0 3
8 Magesi FC 2 0 3
9 Real Kings 2 0 2
10 Jomo Cosmos 2 0 2
11 FC Cape Town 2 -1 1
12 Black Leopards 2 -1 1
13 Royal Eagles 2 -2 1
14 Cape Town All Stars 2 -2 0
15 Milano United 2 -3 0
16 Stellenbosch FC 2 -3 0
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Jan 18th, 2013 - 15:30
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Maluti College
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United FC
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Dec 21st, 2013 - 18:00
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