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Bloem Celtic coach Seema eyes 30-point barrier

Bloemfontein Celtic head coach Lehlohonolo Seema believes there was little between the sides during their 2-1 loss to Mamelodi Sundowns on Wednesday.

Celtic were given hope of getting something from the game when Ndumiso Mabena cancelled out Sibusiso Vilakazi's opener, but Hlompho Kekana's second-half strike proved to be the difference on the night.

Speaking to SuperSport TV after the game, Seema said his said showed their inexperience in the final third, which ultimately proved the difference between the two teams.

"The guys fought, we applied ourselves very well and the goals that we conceded again, I think they were soft goals. We had a defender there that was supposed to just control the first goal, just to control, put it on your strong foot, so that you can get height and distance to get it away from goal," Seema told SuperSport TV.

"But he rushed it and they won the ball there and Sundowns are a team that, half a chance, with their experience, they will use it.

"And the free-kick also, some free-kicks are too good, I'll still have to see it but it looked like a good free-kick and if it's kicked well, congratulations to Hlompho Kekana.

"But after that, you see we tried to make changes and we kept Sundowns under pressure and we kept going but, look they were not at fault if they want to clean their yellow cards, they are doing it but that also killed our momentum. It's allowed in football but we applied ourselves very well, it's just our decision making, you can see with a young team that we have.

"Some of the youngsters when they get there (last third), instead of being calm, they are hasty to make a pass where they are supposed to take a touch again more or where they are supposed to pass they want to dribble.

"You can see the difference with the Sundowns team when they are around the box they are calm, they move, they can keep it. But this team is a young team, we'll grow but today I think we played better than we played on Saturday and if we can play like this, take this performance forward, we just need to work our final third to make sure that we make the right decisions.

"We played to an extent but our purpose was also to get behind Sundowns because if you see, before they can even get a goal we missed about two chances already. I think we were a little bit, I can't say rusty but our decision-making upfront there, we were not good.

"These guys played. The Sundowns team I'm sure they know that the three points they got today, they worked hard for it. I'm proud of the boys but you have to go back Bloemfontein and look for the next game, this 30-point mark is still eluding us. We know that there's still hard work to do."