The Lowvelder

The Citizens bully The Rockets at home

- Itumeleng Mokoena

The Rockets’ unbeaten run was halted on Saturday September 3 night at Mbombela Stadium by Cape Town City through Khanyisa Mayo’s 15th minute lone goal which sealed the encounter.

They suffered their first defeat of the campaign at home, by not only losing the game, but by also dropping points and conceding their first goal in six matches.

Melusi Buthelezi’s clean sheet record was tarnished and a win for them could have seen them topping the table. Currently they have dropped to sixth place on the log with nine points.

They have been among the better teams this season after barely avoiding relegation on the final day of the previous season, beating Chippa United with a lone goal.

They have had a five-game unbeaten streak to open the season, with wins over Mamelodi Sundowns and SuperSport United, while drawing the other three contests but unfortunat­ely failing to hold the Citizens’ charges on their sixth game of the season.

The Rockets were the better team of the encounter as they dominated possession and registered 12 shots with four on target, while the Citizens registered nine with only three on target.

Reacting to his side’s first loose of the season, Galaxy head coach, Sead Ramovic, said his team need to improve their performanc­e.

“The lads went to the game with no hunger to win. The lads should learn to control their emotions because when you control the emotions you certainly can control the outcome. Everything went wrong and I think we need to go back to the drawing board and to restructur­e. I think the boys came into the game with no energy but they improved in the second half, but unfortunat­ely the Cape Town guys had already planned on defending and holding on to their lead.”

“The game was fair and good, not that much physical and aggressive. I guess we have to improve everything, from the mood, the energy the passing and the defending. We have to do better in our next encounter and aim on winning games as every point is very crucial.”

TS Galaxy will travel to Soweto on Saturday September 10, to take on Orlando Pirates.*

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Melusi Buthelezi.

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