Absa Premiership

Shabba: Back to the drawing board

2015-11-02 08:16
Siphiwe Tshabalala (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Kaizer Chiefs captain Siphiwe Tshabalala has admitted Amakhosi did not expect to be beaten by Orlando Pirates in Saturday's Soweto Derby.

Steve Komphela's men were ranked slight favourites to claim all three points, in part due to their recent defensive solidity.

However, CAF Confederation cup finalists Pirates defied pre-match predictions as they clinched a memorable 3-1 victory at a packed FNB Stadium.

Tshabalala felt it was a 'great game of football', but refused to focus on the disappointing nature and implications of Saturday's result.

"It was a great game of football. The spectators really enjoyed the game, but from our side it was disappointing," said Tshabalala.

"Not the result we expected, and congratulations to Pirates. They were the better team, and they wanted it more than us.

"This is a minor setback. We need to go back to the drawing board and focus on the next one.

"We have a League game on Tuesday - that's where our focus is, then after that we'll meet them [Pirates] again."

Chiefs take on Golden Arrows in the Premiership on Tuesday evening, before renewing hostilities with Pirates in the Telkom Knockout semi-finals on Saturday afternoon.

Reneilwe Letsholonyane, meanwhile, echoed the sentiments of Tshabalala, urging Chiefs to 'sort out' their mistakes.

"It wasn't a good game for us. We gave them too many chances and they punished us. We have to look forward now, to the next game," he said.

"I think the whole team didn't play the game we were supposed to play. I cannot blame any individual in the team, it's a team effort.

"We didn't play well, and we have to go back to the drawing board and sort out our mistakes."

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