Orlando Pirates coach Roger de Sa says some “magic” from winger Daine Klate sparked his side into life in their 2-0 Absa Premiership victory over Lamontville Golden Arrows on Wednesday night.
Pirates stay one point behind league leaders Kaizer Chiefs going into the seven-week festive season break, but had initially struggled to find a way past the resolute Abafana Bes’thende defence.
That was until a brilliant free-kick from Klate, who is hoping to win a place in Gordon Igesund’s 2013 Africa Cup of Nations squad.
"It was what we expected. A team that was going to fight and give it their all. I thought in the beginning they defended very well, they kept us out for a while," De Sa said. "Some magic from Daine and then the game opened up a little bit more. We could have had a few more goals with the chances we had.
"Nevertheless I think a 2-0 result – three points is what mattered away from home. I'm happy with that, I think it's a good way to finish [the year].”
De Sa says once his side had their two-goal cushion he expected Golden Arrows to take the game to them, but that never happened.
"They didn't really open up, they looked happy to lose 2-0 as well. But for us, it was just three points away from home – staying in touch with Chiefs – we are on target still. So we'll keep going."
Meanwhile, midfielder Thandani Ntshumayelo says the hard work that the side have put into their training is paying dividends. They have lost just once in 15 matches since De Sa took over from Augusto Palacios in September.
"We all work hard at training. It's very nice if you work and deliver performances like this. It's very good for the team going forward," Ntshumayelo says.