Absa Premiership

Pitso bemoans 'Downs collapse

2015-04-07 08:59
Pitso Mosimane (Supplied)

Cape Town - Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane bemoaned his side's first-half defensive showing in the 3-1 defeat to TP Mazembe on Sunday afternoon.

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The hosts were two goals to the good at the half-time break, with Rainford Kalaba and Mbwana Samatta getting their names on the scoresheet in front of a boisterous home support.

Downs produced a much-improved performance after the break as youngster Percy Tau pulled one back for the visitors, following Roger Assale's 57th-minute goal for Mazembe.

Reflecting on the his side's performance, Mosimane said: "It was a game of two halves, obviously the first half was not good for us.

"For us to concede two goals in the first half was not very good, we played well in the second, hence we managed to score. I always knew they would score.

"We conceded the goal in the 39th minute when, against the run of play, we saw them scoring at that time. We were a little bit nervous, we showed a little bit of inexperience in that space.

"We didn't play, we were just kicking the ball out and succumbing to the pressure they were giving us, instead of playing our own game."

However, the former Bafana Bafana boss was pleased with the improved performance after the half-time break, adding: "In the second half after a talk, when we knew we have nothing to lose but everything to get if we attack, with the few changes we brought in the second half, we managed to play our own Sundowns game and we managed to give them trouble.

"We scored a little bit late to be honest, had we scored a little bit earlier, they were panicking at the end and hence they started to hide the balls, the ball boys were not giving the balls, delaying tactics."

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