Truter: Draw with Royal the right result

Brandon Truter coach of AmaZulu during the DStv Premiership2021/22 match between Royal AM and AmaZulu at Chartsworth Stadium, in Chartsworth on the 24 April 2022 © Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix

AmaZulu FC coach Brandon Truter felt that the draw against Royal AM was a fair result in the KwaZulu-Natal Derby clash on Sunday.

Usuthu extended their unbeaten run to three matches in the DStv Premiership when they drew 0-0 with Thwihli Thwahla in a match which was played at the Chatsworth Stadium.

“It was a typical derby match, but we have to give them the respect for being second on the [league] log. We came here confident and we wanted the three points,” Truter said.

“So, we are a bit disappointed, we have enough quality in this team to win every game. They (Royal) put us under pressure, I will be honest, in the first 15 to 20 minutes.

“They looked like a team that was on top. Then after that, we took over we controlled the game coming into the break we were the better team.”

Truter made changes in the second half as he introduced Sphesihle Maduna, Mbongeni Gumede, Siphelele Mthembu as well as Keagan Buchanan.

“In the second half, we started off the same, and we tweaked the system,” the former Richards Bay and Cape Town All Stars coach continued.

“We played with the 4-3-2-1 [formation] and we also went with three at the back dealing with the overlaps and all of the sudden we got back into the game.

“Then we created the one vs one with [Luvuyo] Memela and [Royal goalkeeper Patrick] Nyame. We ended the match strongly.”

Truter was also pleased with how his charges performed against Royal and he promised to ensure that Usuthu players continue to give their best effort in matches.

“For me one point away [is okay], we are still undefeated in the [KZN] derbies. It was against the second-placed team and we were not at our best. I feel that we can do better. That is the feather in the cap for the boys,” he added

“I will push them (players) and I will get as much as I can out of them as well. But well done to them. They put all the hard work against this team. I think a draw was a fair result on the basis of the play.”

AmaZulu are scheduled to take on Swallows FC in another league clash at the Dobsonville Stadium on May 3.