Cape Town - SuperSport
United coach Gordon Igesund said that his team was tactically superior during
the 1-0 victory against Orlando Pirates at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on
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Sport is often about outplaying, outwitting and outlasting
the opponents on the day and Igesund believes that SuperSport were
superior in all three spheres this weekend.
“I didn’t want to say anything before the game, but I don’t
know if everybody knows this, today we played three at the back and no right
back - and I think the guys were superb,” said Igesund.
“The first half we were outstanding and we could have had a
couple of goals, the second half we got the goal."
While SuperSport did take the initiative during the first
stanza, it was actually the second 45 minutes which impressed the former South
Africa coach the most, as his players absorbed the pressure and countered
adversity against a group of hungry Pirates.
“The last five minutes they threw everything at us, but we
defended well and I am very, very pleased. We got it spot on tonight,"
“I knew it was probably going to take them a long time to
understand what we were doing.
“I played with an out and out left-back, two centre-halves
and no right back, and I knew that was going to help us because we had five in
the middle of the park and they had four.
“I can sit here for hours talking about tactics, but
all-in-all we worked very hard and the guys applied themselves very well. I was
a little bit worried towards the end because Daine Klate couldn’t last the full
90 minutes, Kingston Nkhatha couldn’t last the full 90 minutes and of course
this was Manyama’s first outing for a while.
“My biggest worry was going into extra-time, but I took the
gamble and things paid off. The players were superb tonight and without a doubt
I think we were the better team tonight.”