Neeskens all smiles after win

2011-12-01 07:47

Johannesburg - After haranguing his team for wasting chances in front of goal in their last game, Mamelodi Sundowns coach Johan Neeskens was full of smiles after their 5-2 away win over Santos on Wednesday night.

“Of course I’m happy with the result, to win away by a three goal margin is a good result,” he said after the victory at the Athlone Stadium in Cape Town.

“I was pleased with the first half where we controlled the game and we scored two well taken goals but I warned my players at halftime to expect a different Santos when they came out for the second half.

“I wanted us to play more compact in midfield and shut them down but we didn’t do that, but after it was back at 2-2 I felt we got out composure back and scored three more goals.

“I’m happy we showed character because it proved that if we are leading, and then we conceded goals and then still come back, it must be seen as a big plus,” said the former Dutch World Cup star.

Neeskens had been critical when Sundowns could only beat Maritzburg United 1-0 in their last game 10 days ago despite a myriad of opportunities to win by a much bigger scoreline.

But their five goal haul against Santos matched a similar number scored against Black Leopards last month and means Sundowns have now scored more than any other team in the Absa Premiership this season.