Cape Town - Polokwane City caretaker coach Nkuene Mayala said his players deserved a considerable amount of the credit following his team's 0-0 draw against Mamelodi Sundowns at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on Wednesday.
City have endured a rather barren spell in recent weeks, which was compounded by the departure of coach Kosta Papic, and a draw against a team of Sundowns' calibre is testament to the amount of work the players have put into reviving their campaign.
"The plan was to strengthen the midfield and be strong at the back, and not give them spaces to play because they are quality side.
"We knew if we give them space, they are going to penetrate and try to score goals," said Mayala.
"The plan worked, we frustrated them and they couldn't score and started to make mistakes. We capitalised on that going forward but also missed chances.
"We played away against Sundowns and we got a point. We are happy to go home and prepare for the next game.
"It was a game of moments, we had a moment, they had a moment," said Mayala.
"First half we could have got one or two goals. I believe also our player was kicked inside the box in the first half, we still have to check that."