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We responded very well - Tembo

SuperSport United's Kaitano Tembo praised the never-say-die attitude of his side after they scored a late winner to secure a 3-2 win over Free State Stars on Wednesday.

The match looked to be headed for a 2-2 draw until substitute Teboho Mokoena struck an 89th minute goal to give Matsatsantsa the win, which handed his side a huge boost in the battle to avoid the relegation playoffs.

Tembo was in the end happy with the effort of his players in getting the three vital points against the stubborn Ea Lla Koto side.

Matsatsantsa have now moved back to 14th position and are a point ahead of second-from-bottom Ajax Cape Town.

Tembo told SuperSport: “I think we could have scored more, but at the same time we really worked for the goals that we scored, especially in the first half.

“I think in the first we had a few good, clear-cut chances that we did not take. Sometimes when you are not doing well you lose a little bit of confidence and we sat back a little bit and started panicking.

“We made a couple of errors and they equalised, but after that we responded very well. We got our second goal and again we did not defend well.

“But I am really happy with the fighting spirit from the guys. I think they left everything in the field today and that’s what we have been asking from them.

“Today they showed that they can still give us that and we are really proud of them.”


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