Benni McCarthy has admitted that Stellenbosch FC were the better team during Usuthu’s 1-0 win over the Cape Winelands side in a DStv Premiership match at the Danie Craven Stadium in Stellenbosch on Friday evening.
It looked like the match was going to end in a draw until Thabo Qalinge netted for Usuthu on the stroke of full time to give the Durban club their sixth straight win.
Usuthu, who are second on the Premiership standings, have collected 40 points having won 11 matches, drawn seven and lost four times.
“It was a tough game, a very difficult game. A very difficult ground to come to. Stellenbosch are very physical, very quick and there is a lot of speed in the team,” McCarthy said.
“First half we were decent. We had chances where we could have got one or two goals. Second half, Stellenbosch had chances and were making it difficult for us. The resilience of the team paid off. I can only be proud of the players for the effort and dedication. Three points is important. You don’t have to play good football to win games.”
Stellies coach Steve Barker, meanwhile, bemoaned the chances they missed during the match.
“To sum it up, I thought we did everything to win the game. That’s the way football goes. We did everything until the goal. It’s disappointing,” Barker said.