Pitso bang on tar­get

GAME­PLAN: SUN­DOWNS GOT IT SPOT-ON AGAINST CITY RI­VALS SU­PER­SPORT

The Citizen (KZN) - - The Backpage - Michael­son Gumede

Pitso Mosi­mane’s plot to tame crosstown ri­vals Su­per­Sport United was to deal with their long balls from the back and nul­lify their wing play, which is some­thing he be­lieves he got right as Mamelodi Sun­downs emerged 2-1 win­ners in the fourth edi­tion of the Tsh­wane derby this sea­son.

“The most im­por­tant thing for us was to deal with how Su­per­Sport United play. They play a lot of crosses and in the end they got their crosses the way they wanted and they cre­ated prob­lems for us in the box but we de­fended well.

“We dealt with the ball from Clay­ton Daniels that went straight to Bradley Grob­ler or from the goal­keeper to Grob­ler and if we looked af­ter that ball then we were al­most okay for the match. It is their strength and ev­ery­one plays the way they want to play,” said Mosi­mane.

The victory saw Sun­downs col­lect­ing their first max­i­mum three points in three games fol­low­ing a draw with Bid­vest Wits and de­feat at the hands of Or­lando Pi­rates al­most a week ago. Mosi­mane de­scribed the past run of fix­tures as a ‘dif­fi­cult space’.

“To win against Su­per­Sport is not easy, who can say it is easy? There’s no other team in the league who will play Bid­vest Wits, Or­lando Pi­rates and Su­per­Sport and eas­ily say they will win, it’s not like that. We re­spect Su­per­Sport and the derby win was good for our peo­ple be­cause it in­volved brag­ging rights since they beat us in the MTN8 and went on to win the cup.

“May is too far, any­thing is pos­si­ble, imag­ine if we didn’t drop points against Wits twice and if we didn’t lose against Pi­rates, it says that this thing is still alive. You keep go­ing but you get dis­tracted be­cause you are look­ing at the league. Then there is the

Cham­pi­ons League ...other peo­ple are look­ing at one thing and they have an ad­van­tage.” Mean­while, Mat­sat­santsa a

Pi­tori coach Kai­tano Tembo says his side will need to make up for the lost ground in the ti­tle race as they are among the out­siders for league hon­ours.

“In terms of us im­prov­ing on the log we needed the three points. We gave them a fight but los­ing three points at this point of the sea­son is go­ing to be a set­back. We need to put this be­hind us and fo­cus on our next game be­cause there is no time for us to start think­ing about the dropped points,” he said.

Pic­ture: Gallo Im­ages

PITSO MOSI­MANE

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