Cape Town - Kaizer Chiefs head coach Steve Komphela was left pleased with the influence of Bernard Parker and Siphiwe Tshabalala in the 1-0 win over Platinum Stars on Saturday.
Parker, 31, and the 33-year-old Tshabalala came off the bench to give Amakhosi an extra dimension in attack, which resulted in the latter netting a header of Siyabonga Zulu's cross in the 72nd minute.
It proved to be a relief for the Soweto giants as the goal against Dikwena was only their second goal in six league outings.
Komphela feels the experience of the attacking duo was key as every domestic rival up their performance levels when they face the men from Naturena.
"I thought the energy brought on by [Bernard] Parker and Shabba [Siphiwe Tshabalala] was clear," he said after the game.
"Everyone should learn that when you're at Chiefs, everyone [the opposition] brings their own A-plus game.
"Before I was coaching Chiefs and when I was coaching elsewhere, even as a player when we were facing Chiefs, I was high on concentration levels.
"If you face an enemy that is well prepared, you're going to suffer. So sometimes we tend not to realise that we're at Chiefs, challenges are immense.
"You need to rise above and deal with it, I think that's what we are missing. But we will get there."
The victory moved Chiefs into third place, a single point behind leaders Orlando Pirates.