Absa Premiership

Games in hand mean nothing, says Arendse

2017-03-06 12:00
Wayne Arendse (Gallo Images)

Pretoria - Following a disappointing defeat against Cape Town City on Friday evening, Mamelodi Sundowns defender Wayne Arendse said their games in hand do not automatically give them an advantage over the other teams in the Premiership.

A solitary strike from in-form City captain Lebohang Manyama was enough to hand the Brazilians a third league defeat of the season in an entertaining PSL encounter at Athlone Stadium.

The victory pushed the Citizens to the summit of the Premiership standings after SuperSport United along with Kaizer Chiefs settled for draws against Ajax Cape Town and Orlando Pirates, respectively.

Arendse believes that the Chloorkop side lost the match due to their poor decision making throughout 90 minutes.

The Cape Town-born defender stressed the fact that the Brazilians need to collect points instead of relying on their games in hand.

"No excuses, they were far better than us," said Arendse.

"But we could have scored one or two goals in the first half because we had chances.

"They got one clear chance and they made sure they scored from that. And that's why the game ended 1-0.

"I think poor decision making was a key factor for us to lose. We were losing balls in crucial areas of the field.

"They were waiting at the back hoping to hit us on a counter. And that's how they scored.

"We still have games in hand but that means nothing. We need to get points on board, games in hand is not the point.

"We just have to focus on the next Nedbank cup game and then switch focus to the game against Polokwane City.

Sundowns next face Mariveni United in a Nedbank Cup Round of 32 clash on Monday evening.

Kick-off is at 19:30.

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