Cape Town - Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane was happy with his team's performance despite falling to a 2-1 loss to Cape Town City at Athlone Stadium on Wednesday.
The defeat means Masandawana drop to second in the Absa Premiership standings behind Orlando Pirates on goal difference.
Sundowns went ahead in the 14th minute after a beautifully constructed move saw Lebohang Maboe put the ball in the back of the net.
The defending champions were pegged back in the second half though as Kermit Erasmus took advantage of a kind bounce to equalise in the 52nd minute before a free-kick two minutes from full-time by Chris David won the match of the Citizens.
Mosimane told SuperSport after the game: "It was a tough game, but I'm happy with my team. But we lost the game.
"We lost in an unfortunate situation in the first goal, the ball deflected off my player and it falls off to Kermit Erasmus in front of the goal and he is lethal there. So that's the unfortunate part of it.
"The second goal we should have been smart about it to shift towards the side of the ball and not commit a foul over there, and it was a brilliant goal, unbelievable.
"They are scoring good free-kicks so what are you going to do?"
Mosimane was also adamant that fatigue was not a factor in his team's performance as they seem to give away their ascendancy in the second half.
While they are still gunning to defend their league title Sundowns are also competing in the CAF Champions League.
The Masandawana mentor continued: "We are not tired. We have shown we can play. So, it's okay we are not tired. We have to win in the Champions League on Saturday. It's a big game for us, we need to qualify.
"When we come back, we still going to fight for the league again. We have been in this situation before in the last five years, Sundowns always does the same thing.
"We're not newcomers to this title chase. We've been there, we know it. It's not easy, it's difficult. We don't collect enough points to be honest but it's okay."