Agony for Mokoena, McCarthy as United draw


In the English Premiership, when Blackburn Rovers’ defender Aaron Mokoena, came off the bench in the 85th minute, his side were leading top-of-the-table Manchester United 1-0.

However, just a minute later, the Bafana Bafana captain could only watch as Argentine striker Carlos Tevez headed a crucial ball home to salvage a 1-1 draw.

Benni McCarthy watched the proceedings from the bench.

A division lower, in the Championship, Andrew Surman’s Southampton have dropped even closer to relegation after a 1-0 defeat to Burnley.

Seconds after the midfielder missed an excellent opportunity to score with a great left-footed pile driver, Burnley scored the only goal of the game.

And there was not much luck for perennial strugglers, Sheffield Wednesday either, where Burton O’Brien was forced to leave the field at Blackpool after sustaining an injury at the half way mark.

His side was already 2-1 down at that stage, and despite having 57 percent ball possession, was unable to change the score line.

Sheffield is a point below the Saints with two games to go and look doomed to go down.

Norwich City, just two points above Southampton, also failed to pick up a point at home to League leaders West Bromwich Albion.

Matty Pattison, who has recently been in the news for alleged drunken driving, should have done better early in the game but the Johannesburg-born player shot over the bar and a minute later had a shot saved. The score was 2-1.

In League Two, Glynn Hurst’s Bury managed a 1-0 home win over Macclesfield Town with the former Amaglug-glug man only playing the last 15 minutes.