De Sa: Orlando Pirates competed pretty well

Pirates were held to a 0-0 draw by Tunisian giants Esperance at the Orlando Stadium, and De Sa said it wasn't a bad result

Orlando Pirates coach Roger de Sa believes his side deserved more than just a draw in their Caf Champions League clash against Esperance on Saturday.

However, De Sa admitted that Pirates had a poor first half, as they failed to hit the target for the entire 45 minutes.

"I thought we had enough chances to put one away. In the first-half we were poor. We didn't hit the target once.

"In the second-half we came alive a bit more. We got in behind them, but at this level you have to take those chances. The few chances that come your way, you have to put one away. That's what they are likely to do and we've got to learn that," said De Sa after the match.

Despite failing to take full advantage of Esperance on the day, De Sa said at least they still stand a good chance going into the second leg.

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"It was a learning curve for us. You saw how they killed the game, but we battled on. I thought it was okay and we've got something to play for.

"It's not a bad result. We get a goal away from home and we've got a chance. It's not a bad result, I just didn't want to concede. Obviously we would have liked to put one or two away, but this is one of the top sides in Africa and we competed pretty well. I just hope we can finish the job now," said De Sa.

He added: "They're a good team. They can knock the ball around when they want to. I think we've got our strengths too. Hopefully we'll get the guys fully fit for the next one."