Cape Town - Jomo Cosmos boss Jomo Sono admits that his team was intimidated by Orlando Pirates in the 3-1 loss in the Nedbank Cup Last 16.
Pirates knocked Cosmos out of the competition at Olen Park on Sunday to secure a place in the quarter-finals.
Sono believes the previous 5-0 hammering at the hands of Pirates had affected the mentality of his players.
"To be honest I'm very disappointed with the team, especially the first 15 minutes. I think they were more scared of Pirates than anybody," Sono told KickOff.
"Some of the mistakes they were making passing the ball back, they were nervous. Second half, I told them Pirates will come at us hard in the first 10 minutes and the back four need to stay.
"The right-back didn't stay, he decided to wonder and they hit us behind him. Maybe it is a blessing in disguise that we are out so we can focus in the league.
"I thought the last 25 minutes we played really well, we created more chances than Pirates. We looked a better team, well organised."