Johannesburg – Having secured their passage to the team's first ever final in the MTN8 cup competition, Platinum Stars coach Allan Freese says his team will go straight back into training to improve their mistakes before Saturday's final in Durban.
“We must go see what we have. Are there injuries? Are there knocks? If we don't have injuries, then we can play tomorrow,” Freese said after his side's 6-3 aggregate victory over Bidvest Wits in Johannesburg on Tuesday.
“Just because we won doesn't mean we don't have problems or that there are no flaws in our play. So we'll go back and have a look where we did well and where we didn't do well.”
The Rustenburg outfit booked their place in the final courtesy of a second half brace by Robert Ng'ambi, while Denver Mukamba netted Wits' goal in the 71st minute with a spectacular header to end the night 2-1 in favour of Stars.
Going into Tuesday's encounter with a 4-2 advantage from the first leg of the lucrative top-eight competition, Freese admitted having the edge had played a big role in confirming their place in the final.
“The four goals at home did the job for us,” Freese said.
“When we came here (to Johannesburg for the second leg), Gavin didn't know whether to attack full-out, or be cautious in attack.
“We didn't actually play like we usually play because everybody plans for you if you do this.
“It's unfortunate that one team has to win and one had to lose.”
Hunt conceded before the game that Wits would have to come out guns blazing and score first if they stood any chance of turning the aggregate score around.
However, with no goals until 60 minutes into the fixture, the Clever Boys' fate was sealed.
“I thought we did everything… we had enough chances. They (Stars) had two chances and they scored,” Hunt said.
“Over two legs, we gave ourselves a mountain to climb by conceding six goals.
“In this leg, they didn't need to offer anything. They didn't offer anything and they won. It just shows you sometimes in football how it works… two balls into the box, two goals.”
Freese praised Hunt for coming out with a positive attitude in the second leg.
“I think Gavin did a good thing by planning to win. He put us on the back foot every time, we just couldn't get forward and get it going,” Freese said.
“Late in the game, we had an opportunity to start to play. We had one-two touches and from then on, I knew we were going to do well.
“We also planned to keep them (Wits) up there (in their own half). They also planned to push us backwards, so I just think our plan worked on the day.”
Stars will take on Orlando Pirates in Saturday's conclusion, after the Soweto giants were held to a 1-1 draw by fierce rivals Kaizer Chiefs.
The stalemate was enough, however, to see out the result, as the Buccaneers claimed a 2-1 aggregate victory, thanks to Daine Klate's goal in the first leg, which proved to be the difference. – Sapa