Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane content with a point following Bidvest Wits draw

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The two coaches had mixed reactions following their stalemate in Braamfontein on Saturday evening

Following their 1-1 draw at Bidvest Stadium in the Premier Soccer League (PSL) to Mamelodi Sundowns, Bidvest Wits coach Gavin Hunt was left to rue his side's missed chances.

The Clever Boys scored through Gift Motupa against a 10-man Masandawana, but could not capitalise on the number of chances they created in the encounter.

“No it was not enough (a draw), I think we deserved to win the game in my honest opinion and we did all the pushing and obviously we lacked the quality in the final third,” Hunt told SuperSport TV.

“The final touch, final pass and we had all the chances to win the game. So I am very disappointed we didn’t win the match and obviously they are experienced and they know their way of delaying the game and I must give credit for that,” he reflected.

Hunt made several changes in the second half with Elias Pelembe, Frank Mhango and Simon Murray all introduced in search of the winning goal.

“But I mean we have to be better in the final third, it’s been our Achilles for the rest of the season. Yeah we created overload in areas, but it was very difficult because they sat deep and we couldn’t penetrate them,” he said.

“Both our full backs had about 20 crosses and when a team sits there, obviously they didn’t come to get a result and it’s very difficult – we had to break them down and we didn’t, and that’s pretty much the bottom line,” concluded the coach.

On the other hand, Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane welcomed the point against the log leaders.

Following the draw, Wits remain top of the table with 38 points from 21 matches whilst Sundowns sit second with 36 from 19 league games.

“Yeah, big game and difficult for us…I think the boys were tactically superior and we know the strength of Wits. If we deal with the crosses then try to limit the crosses from the sides and try to deal with the free kicks, then we are left with the two centre-backs with the ball," Mosimane said.

“So, we managed and the players showed they are a Caf Champions League team, they have five years playing in the Champions League,” Mosimane reacted.

“Tactically superior, Keke (Hlompho Kekana), Ricardo (Nascimento) corrected the mistakes, but unfortunately at Sundowns we shoot ourselves in the foot,” he added.

“I think you saw what happened against Polokwane (City) and we saw what happened tonight, but it’s my important players. Look at Ricardo in the second half, it’s unbelievable,” said the coach.

“Yeah, it’s a big game as long as we didn’t lose it’s okay. We wanted to win, we came here to win and that is why we were the first to draw blood,” he reacted.

The Brazilians were reduced to 10-men after Wayne Arendse was handed his marching orders towards the end of the first half, and Mosimane questioned the decision.

“We didn’t have those numbers in the first half as we wanted earlier, but I just want to know probably on the red card…whether Ricardo was very close to help Wayne (Arendse). If he is not close enough then it’s a red card – we have to see that,” he added.

“But, (Fagrie) Lakay dived in the first half, we all saw it and he didn’t give a yellow card. Phaka (Phakamani Mahlambi) dived and he gives him a yellow, where is the consistency?”

“You know I like it because when there was diving, there was another diving there, he gave a yellow card. He gave Motupa a yellow card and what about the other dive (first one)? No, he has to give the other one (Lakay),” challenged the coach.

 “But he is experienced and dealt with it well. Zakhele (Siwela) no issues on the line and we dealt well with it. Of course Wits were dominant and because of the numbers. It’s okay we can take a point,” he concluded.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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