Cape Town - Chippa United coach Joel Masutha
believes defensive carelessness was a major reason behind his side's 4-2
defeat to Orlando Pirates on Tuesday night.
Pirates were perhaps also unconvincing at times at the back with
Happy Jele and goalkeeper Siyabonga Mpontshane guilty of making some key
errors which allowed Tebogo Tlolane to score, whereas Innocent Maela
hit an own goal.
Meanwhile, Bucs' four strikes came from Jele, Phetso Maphanga (own goal), Vincent Pule and Kudakwashe Mahachi.
Speaking to SuperSport after the game, Masutha said: "The
defensive errors [killed us], especially [because] we conceded the first
goal in the third minute. Corner kick, no one even attempted to head
the ball. For me it was a giveaway.
"I can say this game was determined by giveaways. For me Pirates'
fourth goal was the only goal they worked hard for. It was well worked
for. That one I can't fault my players. But the other three we could
have done better.
"It's tough, when you're down there [at the bottom], there's a lot of
things going on in the players' heads - stress and this and that which
we have to manage.
"But I felt we didn't defend well, that gave Pirates the confidence
to come at us. Pirates, yes they played well but they didn't turn us
that much. They were not four goals better than us.
"I think we just need to tighten at the back and make the right decisions."
It appears that the Chilli Boys mentor could be on thin ice with the
side now having lost three games in a row. Club boss Chippa Mpengesi is
notoriously trigger happy having sacked Dan Malesela and Eric Tinkler
already this season.