Kaizer Chiefs assistant coach Dillon Sheppard has come to the defense of his club against the criticism that they fail to capitalise against 10-men.

In the past few matches, Chiefs PSL opponents have been shown red cards yet Amakhosi have failed to take the opportunities and score. The latest match was the 1-0 win against Richards Bay recently. 

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Richards Bay keeper Salim Magoola was shown his marching orders as early as the 19th minute when the score was 1-0 in favour of Chiefs. But the score remained the same until full time raising questions on the club’s ability to take advantage of the opponents when they are a med down.

“I have read a lot of stories that we have not been able to play against 10-men,” said Sheppard.

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“When the team drops back to a low block we are not able to break the block. I feel if you look at the chances that we have created. The only game that you can go back to was against TS Galaxy. I felt that with our movement I don’t think we created enough opportunities in that game,” he explained. 

Dillon Sheppard reckons Kaizer Chiefs create more chances
Kaizer Chiefs striker Christian Saile looks for a penalty against Richards bay

“We didn’t didn’t move them enough with our ball rotation. Something that we spoke about and worked on the training pitch.” 

CREATE MORE CHANCES 

“If you look at the other games, the Richards Bay game. We created 21 chances, if you look at the chances that we missed that were not really from when the teams were sitting in the low block. Tactical we have worked on it.

“We have looked at how we break down teams and if you look at the opportunities that we create it was a matter of the last touch or the decision-making and the execution. It was not about breaking down the team or breaking down the 10-men,”

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“I think we did do that, it was just a matter of the opportunities going in. Of course winning games it’s about scoring goals and like I said it’s something that we are working on. The only way we can correct that is about working hard on the training pitch.”

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Kaizer Chiefs assistant coach Dillon Sheppard has pointed out the need for consistency in terms of their performances on the field. 

Chiefs have been blowing hot and cold under coach Arthur Zwane in the current PSL season. 

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Amakhosi are left with the Nedbank cup as the only trophy they have a realistic chance to win. 

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Sheppard was speaking ahead of the last 16 tier against Motsepe Foundation Championship side Casric Stars on Sunday. He insists the team is in the right space to maintain consistent performances. 

DILLON SHEPPARD CALLS FOR CONSISTENCY 

“Of course, consistency is very important,” he said during a media briefing on Thursday. 

“If you take the Golden Arrows game out of it, with three clean sheets going into that game. A lot of energy, a lot of good positivity, and all of a sudden it’s one of those games where we go into a lead twice.

“I don’t want to say throw it away. Now we seem to be back where we were so right consistency is the right word. It’s important for us now that we are a quarterfinal berth,” he added. 

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“We need to focus on that and that’s the game coming up. Gaining momentum and taking into TO the next games that follow so that’s important.

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