“Psychologically the last couple of month have been tough for the club. It is a process but our win has definitely lifted the morale and self-belief.”
Ajax are still second from bottom in the Premier Soccer League standings with 20 points from 20 games‚ and still have the Tendai Ndoro eligibility case hanging over their heads‚ but are just one win away from suddenly moving up as high as 10th place.
“We beat a great team on Wednesday night‚ make no mistake about that. But a lot fell for us‚ like the corners‚ which was something we had been talking about all week before the game‚” Ertugral said.
“It didn’t fall for us in the previous game against Free State Stars (a 0-0 draw) but it did against Pirates.
“It also didn’t fall for us in the second half when we lost against Sundowns (2-1 on January 9). We had two or three chances where we could have scored.”
Ajax’s match in Polokwane at Old Peter Mokaba Stadium is their first fixture out of Cape Town since they lost to Kaizer Chiefs in Durban on December 16‚ a result that cost Ertugral’s predecessor Stanley Menzo his job.