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Kerr bemoans Swallows FC's poor decision-making as TS Galaxy clip their wings

Swallows FC coach Dylan Kerr
Swallows FC coach Dylan Kerr
Image: Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images

Swallows FC coach Dylan Kerr bemoaned his side’s poor decision-making in the final third as they slipped to a 1-0 DStv Premiership defeat to TS Galaxy in their relegation six-pointer at the Dobsonville Stadium on Saturday.

Swallows dominated much of the game and were slick in their play up until the Galaxy box, where they were wasteful, failing to get any of their 13 shots on target.

Kerr had bemoaned poor decision-making in their 1-1 draw with Stellenbosch FC in the week, another match where they created more than enough to win the game, and it was the same again for the Soweto side, who play their next three league games away — at Sekhukhune United, Royal AM and Maritzburg United — and then welcome Mamelodi Sundowns.

“I'm very disappointed in the decision-making, which cost us three points at Stellenbosch, but in this game it was far worse,” Kerr said. “We took the game to TS Galaxy from the start and I thought we played some good football. Our energy levels were absolutely fantastic.

“We kept probing, but in and around the final third we were poor. Poor decisions with passing, crossing, controlling the ball and turning, controlling the ball and not turning.

“I can't fault the effort of the players in the second half. We conceded a poor goal from a counterattack. We kept going and kept probing. It was bad decisions that ended up hurting us and costing us three points.” Kerr is no stranger to relegation scraps having steered Black Leopards, Baroka FC and TTM to safety in the last three seasons. He maintains the belief that the side should be much higher up in the table — and they would be if they finished off the good work they do up to the opposition penalty box.

“I have been in this situation before with 10 games to play. I need five results,” he said. “Before it was worse because the other three teams weren't of the quality that Swallows have got. But on the other hand, the camaraderie and team spirit in the other sides was there.

“We have to now go back to training to get the players ready, but also motivated even more to get the result, because every game now is a cup final.

“Preparation is always key in football. When you do the preparation and the players on the park do what they want to do, then you know you are going to lose.”

For Galaxy coach Sead Ramovic, the result is another major step forward after their 1-0 win over Kaizer Chiefs in the Nedbank Cup last weekend. It is the first time this season the side have shut out opponents in consecutive games. The win also lifts Galaxy off the foot of the table and out the relegation zone ahead of a difficult away trip to AmaZulu on Tuesday.

“We played against a tough team, it was not easy to win against them and they played well. I am just happy that we won, but I also have to give the team big credit for the fight, the atmosphere and how we stick together,” Ramovic said.

“We just have to keep going, we have 12 more games. It is not easy in this league because everybody can beat one another. So we have to be clear about it, stay calm and humble, and go into the next game by preparing well and fight for the three points.

“It is great that the tram also trusts the coaching staff in what we do and how we do it. It is a step in at the right direction, but we have 12 more games and we have to fight for every point. We just have to keep going.” Galaxy will be without fullback Ebrahim Seedat for Tuesday’s clash after he received a red card with 20 minutes remaining against Swallows.

TimesLIVE


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