Cape Town - Kaizer Chiefs head coach Steve Komphela admits his side could easily have emerged victorious in the Soweto derby but refused to lay the blame on Willard Katsande.
Katsande has been Amakhosi's most consistent player over the past three seasons in his anchor role and often captained the side in absence the of Siphiwe Tshabalala and Itumeleng Khune.
However, the Zimbabwe international missed a vital penalty in the 82nd minute with the game evenly poised at 1-1, following Joseph Molangoane opener and Tsepho Masilela 32nd minute own-goal.
"We could have won this match, one has to be very honest, as much there were a couple threats, Pirates sat back and were looking hit us on the transition," he told reporters.
"With regards to the outcome of the match, we performed well. We showed that we wanted to win the match, but we lacked killer instinct. The penalty, that you must take.
"But players miss penalties, he is just missing it at the wrong time and you going home 1-1, are you happy with the result? You can't be because this is one that you should have won.
"There were scenarios where you could have taken it, When you are fighting for three points, fighting for your life, wanting to win the championship, chances like these you must take."
Komphela's charges next face Stellenbosch FC at Athlone Stadium in a last 32 Nedbank Cup clash fixture on Sunday, March 12.
Kick off is at 15:00.