Platinum Stars coach Calvin Johnson says he was happy to see his side showing their ‘x-factor’ at the Orlando Stadium on Tuesday night.
Pirates scored first through Thabiso Kutumela’s 76th minute free kick, but Dikwena fought back to grab a point thanks to Thobani Kunene’s goal right at the end of the game.
Bucs keeper Brighton Mhlongo had needed to be on top of his game to keep out a dangerous Stars attack, and was named Man of the Match.
It’s for this reason that Johnson felt his team were the better side on the night, despite the 1-1 score-line.
“We could have scored a few in the first half, we had chances to score. The goalkeeper is the Man of the Match so it tells you who was the better team on the day,” he said.
“But in saying that I’m happy to go home with a point. I’m happy with the players are grinding it out. Even though we were 1-0 down, they still came back and carried on in the same vein, not like last week [a 1-0 loss to Baroka].
“Last week they played a different kind of football, we were not able to use the x-factor in the team. Today we showed we do have it, so it is up to them to carry on with this type of performance going in to the next few games before the end of the year.”
The result left Dikwena in seventh position on the standings.
There are a further three Absa Premiership games tonight (Wednesday 28 September).