Harrison: Players need to take responsibility

Lamontville Golden Arrows coach Mark Harrison wants his players to show more character after describing their Absa Premiership performance in the Durban derby as "atrocious" against AmaZulu in Umlazi on Monday.

Usuthu surged to a 3-0 victory at the King Zwelithini Stadium with Tamsanqa Teyise scoring with headers in the sixth and 33rd minutes, either side of a clever Goodman Dlamini finish midway through the opening stanza.

The three points lifted the visitors up to fourth on the table, while Abafana Bes’thende dropped to last.

"We were atrocious in the first half," Harrison said. "I said to the players at half time 'you've got to start taking responsibility for your own actions'.

"You can point fingers at who you like, and that's the problem. They stand around and say 'it's his fault and his fault or it's the system'. Actually, look inside yourself and take responsibility.

"We didn’t compete in that first half, we were shocking...absolutely shocking. You expect character, but we had none of it.

"The players need to start showing some balls or there will be consequences."

The English coach also defended his son Ryan Harrison, who was making his debut in goal after being signed by the club last week.

The young custodian was shaky throughout and was at fault for two of the three goals.

"Look the first goal he should have possibly come to cut out the cross, but to be fair to the boy, he's been exposed," Harrison added. "He's been exposed by a poor team in front of him in the first 45 minutes. But he'll settle down, it's not a problem.

"Maybe I asked too much of him today coming into a local derby, a big game and he's playing for his father as well, so he's under a bit more pressure. But he's big enough to deal with it and I'm sure he will. I know what he's capable of doing."

AmaZulu assistant coach Wilfred Mugeyi, who deputised in the dugout for the ill Craig Rosslee, felt the platform for victory was laid by their opening half-hour showing.

"We had a very good first half and that's what laid the foundation," he said. "The boys knew that Arrows were struggling and by scoring first we just made it tougher for them. So I think we were brilliant in that first half.

"The second half we sat back too much and allowed them to come at us, but I think we defended very well and fully deserved the win."