Mosimane won't criticize his Sundowns players despite defeat to Bidvest Wits

Mosimane maintains that Masandawana will continue to fight on despite losing to the Clever Boys in Johannesburg

Mamelodi Sundowns’ title charge was dealt a blow following their 1-0 defeat to Bidvest Wits on Monday evening.

The defeat signalled the end of Masandawana’s rampant run which saw them register five league wins on the trot. 

However, despite the loss, coach Pitso Mosimane remained optimistic about his side's title chances, but admitted that the Clever Boys were hungrier for victory on the night.

"I think it was a game of missed chances from both sides, but I think we had more in the first half," Mosimane said after the match.

"To be honest, in the first half they wanted it more than us. They fought more, they had a bigger fight than us in the first half. It's football, you have to accept it. We had chances but we didn't take them," Mosimane added.

"Football is not about could have, should have - the ball must go inside the net. Tonight, it did not go (inside the net). We've been having a good run. We've been scoring a lot of goals and only conceded one," he continued.

The 52-year-old also refrained from being overcritical of his team's performance on the night as he believed it would have been unfair on them following their recent resurgence.

"Tonight, you are ungrateful or unfair to the players if you want to complain about conceding one goal in six games," Mosimane said.

"You have to be grateful for what you have, and we have done well. We still have six games (five) to go."

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Mosimane also shed light on his substitution decisions on the night. The former Bafana Bafana coach threw on Fares Hachi in a move which quickly backfired as the Algerian player was given his marching orders after picking up two yellow cards in quick succession.

“A little bit emotional changes, not really to the game. Ricardo (Nascimento) is struggling with a groin injury, but it’s OK I’m not really unhappy. It’s just we didn’t pack a good fight,” Mosimane said.

“But it’s OK, we’ll come back,” Mosimane concluded.