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Eymael: Players need to move on from Nedbank Cup

Free State Stars coach Luc Eymael has accused his players of lacking character and being stuck in the past in a scathing attack after their 3-0 loss to Kaizer Chiefs.

Amakhosi claimed revenge on Ea Lla Koto, who knocked them out of the Nedbank Cup semifinals en route to victory last season, at FNB Stadium in Saturday's MTN8 quarter-final. Goals came from Dumisani Zuma, Leonardo Castro and Khama Billiat.

"We were lacking especially on the wings. We were overloading the midfield, we studied everything. I gave them the information. Unfortunately our communication was not good," Eymael told SuperSport in his post-match interview.

"It's how we conceded the first goal and the same thing on the second goal despite the fact that I rectified some things at half-time. There was still room for a comeback. I'm disappointed with some of the players today.

"Once they came in [substitutions], they didn't add any value. Unfortunately we got an injury... but we are conceding too many goals. It's not normal now, we conceded three the first game. We won the second game but now three again, some of my players are showing lack of character. I'm not happy at all about that.

"I'm sure if we had scored one goal, Chiefs would've panicked and we would have come back like the PSL game we saw between Highlands Park and Black Leopards [on Thursday] but to provoke that you need to push harder, press harder.

"There were too many players not at their level, I'm sorry to say that. I like them a lot, I appreciate them -- it's my boys, but when it's good, I say it's good. When it's not good, I have to say the truth."

Eymael also accused his players of being too comfortable following last season's shock success.

"We live to fight another day, I hope we will bounce back in the league. Today, it's very painful for us to lose 3-0 against Kaizer Chiefs," he said. "Some of my players I think still have the Nedbank Cup victory in their head. They need to come back to the pitch and play a little bit."