Following a disappointing 0-0 draw between Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs, both coaches gave reasons why neither side was able to produce a scintillating Soweto Derby display
A match which either side could have won ended in a 0-0 draw with both coaches mentioning their sides' struggle to play under the pressure of expectations in front of 87 000 fans and a worldwide audience.
“It was end-to-end stuff, not the prettiest football, a typical derby,” said Pirates coach De Sa after the match.
“Overall I can’t fault the players. There were some basic errors, but it was gutsy stuff from both sides.
“There was too much to play for. We took the game to them, they sat back with the five in defence. We had some opportunities and we should have punished them, but we didn’t.”
Stuart Baxter echoed De Sa's sentiments and believes that his team could not stand up to the pressure of the importance of Saturday's fixture and suffered from nerves.
“In the first half hour we were comfortable, Pirates had the ball where we wanted them to have the ball,” said the Englishman.
“In the last 15 minutes of the first half, we gave the ball away, lost our shape and allowed Pirates to get back into the game.
“It carried on in the first 15 minutes of the second half as well. But once we got our shape back, we knew they had to push forward and we had some great opportunities on transition.
“It was a very scrappy game. The nerves at the beginning, tiredness at the end and the overall importance of the game affected the players.
“For example, one of our best midfielders, Yeye (Reneilwe Letsholonyane)… I have never seen him give the ball away so much. But in his defence, he worked exceptionally hard.”