AmaZulu head coach Benni McCarthy says he knew Kaizer Chiefs would not be capable of scoring against his side from open play due to a lack of attacking quality.
Chiefs snatched a last-minute point in the 1-1 draw after Keagan Dolly's penalty which was awarded in controversial circumstances at the Jonsson Kings Park Stadium.
Captain Tapelo Xoki was adjudged to have handled the ball in the area despite both arms being behind his back which cancelled out Luvuyo Memela's opener.
While the usually straightforward McCarthy stopped short of commenting on the incident, he praised the efforts of his players and claimed Amakhosi are still lacking up-front.
"It was a fantastic performance from the boys, you can’t fault them," McCarthy said post-match.
"We said if we marginalise our mistakes if we don't give them giveaways, they won't get into this game because they don't have the quality.
"They don't have the quality to open us up, to break through us and create clear goal-scoring opportunities. From the last few games we’ve seen, they are still finding their feet. I knew that was a disadvantage to them.
"If we used the mobility we have, because they went on the defensive, having a defender Njabulo Ngcobo playing in midfield with Nange and Cole Alexander.
"It was very defensive so we wanted to use the mobility of [Luvuyo] Memela, [Siphisihle] Maduna and [Matar] Cessay to get in behind, pick balls in the pocket and feed Bongz [Ntuli]."
Usuthu's next challenge arrives after the FIFA international break when they host Linafoot giants TP Mazembe for the CAF Champions League 2nd round preliminary first-leg tie at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on 15 October.