Cape Town - Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane said his players weren't physically prepared to play against a Polokwane City team which he felt had been well-rested ahead of their fixture at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on Wednesday.
Sundowns, who had enjoyed somewhat of a purple patch in recent weeks, simply weren't able to penetrate the visiting team's defences and Mosimane was frustrated by his team's circumstances this week.
"You can see we were playing against a team that is well rested at the weekend," said Mosimane after his teams draw.
"You must understand that we have been on the road. Bloemfontein, then back, Free State and then back again and you play against a team that is rested, has more energy and is mentally strong. But we tried," added Mosimane.
Circumstances aside, the Sundowns coach does feel that City are a competent outfit, worthy of respect.
"It was one of those games I said in the beginning that I was nervous because last season we won 7-1 here against AmaZulu, next game we went to Polokwane and we lost," said Mosimane.
"Last week we won 6-1 against Free State Stars and that made me nervous.
"We created chances and played well in patches. But also they played well and defended well. We have to accept these things happen in football.
"This team is strong. They got a draw against Chiefs, they got a draw against Pirates... they are no walk in the park."