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Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane unhappy following Highlands Park stalemate

17:23 GMT+3 23/08/2018
Pitso Mosimane, Mamelodi Sundowns, August 2018
The Masandawana coach was not a happy man after his side played out to a goalless draw in Tshwane

Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane was certainly not a happy man after his side’s 0-0 draw with Highlands Park.

On Wednesday evening, the Brazilians took to the field looking to build on their bright start to the new campaign.

However, it would turn out to be a frustrating night for the Tshwane giants as not only were they held by a plucky Lions of the North, but were forced to play most of the second half with 10-men after Ricardo Nascimento was given his marching orders. 

“I am very much frustrated. The way the game went on,” Mosimane told SuperSport TV in the post-match interview.

“My players did whatever they had to do, I’m not encouraging Ricardo [Nascimento] to get the red card,” he added.

“I’m the one who speaks against that. Even Gaston Sirino’s yellow card I think it was uncalled for. That’s where I want to talk about my players, the other side I’m not there to talk about it,” he said.

Furthermore, Mosimane was not all too pleased with the officiating during the encounter.

“Management of the game [by the referee] could be better. I was not happy with Sirino getting a yellow card, I’m not saying it’s not a yellow card, probably the referee is right,” Mosimane explained.

“They get frustrated, they are human beings but what can I do,” he continued.

“We tried to win when we were playing ten against 11. You must really understand that in as much we can try to put discipline in the team, because I told them at half-time we have too many yellows let’s try not get them. But what can you do, it’s frustrating,” Mosimane lamented.

“I don’t want to say anything. You know what I can say. You know what I’m capable of saying. But save money for my children, what can I say guys? 

“There’s a difference between being tough and robust. You should manage that. We were tactically disciplined after ten against 11. It was a little bit of street football,” he concluded.