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Muhsin Ertugral, the Lamontville Golden Arrows coach, was left looking for answersw after his side surrendered their lead to settle for a draw in their Absa Premiership encounter against BidVest Wits.
BidVest Wits substitute Nyiko Tshabangu scored close to the end to help the visitors secure a share of the spoils courtesy of a 1-1 draw.
The result was a blow to their hopes of finishing closer to the top half of the table, although it did a lot more for Wits, who are now assured of avoiding a relegation/promotion play-off.
“Victory was important for us today no matter what. We’ve done this time and time again (not closing out victories) and have given away so many games.
“In my opinion I think we should really be having 10 to 12 points more than what we have at present. That would have changed our position completely around.”
Nkanyiso Mlotshwa had opened the scoring for Arrows courtesy of a cracking 25-yard effort after 47 minutes, before Tshabangu scored 11 minutes from time.
The 25-year-old, who has only recently been making his way back from five months on the sidelines with a broken leg, cut inside from the right, beating two players along the way, and unleashed a powerful shot that hit the underside of the crossbar on the way in.
Ertugral praised the forward, saying he had all the attributes of one of South Africa’s most prominent frontmen.
“It was a brilliant goal and this boy reminds me of a young (Siyabonga) Nomvethe. He plays like him and he looks like him too. I’m encouraging him to dribble, especially in that attacking department. It’s fantastic to have this sort of talent in this country.”
Wits coach Roger de Sa also joined Ertugral in the stands during the game after was red carded by referee Charl Theron midway through the first half.
But it did not prevent his team, who are without a league win all year, from coming back.
“I think it was a fair result in a match that was a typical end of season scrap, seeing out the result and that’s it,” De Sa said. “We came into the game a bit defensively, we wanted to keep a clean sheet and they came at us, which we expected.
“Obviously the goal we conceded was not at a very good time, but I thought we came back nicely.”