Despite rescuing a last-gasp 1-1 draw from the jaws of defeat, Swallows coach Brandon Truter says Mamelodi Sundowns struggled to cope with the pressure from his side during their DStv Premiership clash at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Musa Nyatama broke Sundowns hearts right at the death after heading home a close-range rebound to ensure that Swallows travelled back to Soweto with a valuable point.
Kermit Erasmus had opened the scoring just before the halftime break.
‘The Dube Birds’ remain unbeaten in the league with seven wins and six draws from their 13 league matches so far.
“They couldn’t cope with us at the end, in the second half we opened up the spaces, they couldn’t stop us and the pressure at the end paid off,” said Truter.
“I saw the one coach putting out tactics all over social media, trying to get other coaches involved. Maybe they needed more on the bench than the three of them.”
Truter went on to claim that physical exhaustion is taking its toll on Swallows with the quick turnaround time between games.
“Tired, fatigue in the first half, we knew it was going to happen, they were lucky, we had fewer days to rest, they had fresher players. We will take it to Dobsonville in the second round and see what happens,” he said.
“We were really tired, we can’t run away from that, it is a fact, they (Sundowns) had an extra day to rest and it counted at the end.
“On a better day with extra rest, it would have been a different scoreline. In the second half, the boys gave it their all, they played for one another, for the badge, the club.
“So, I am happy about that, the character, winning mentality, we fought until the end so well done to the boys,” concluded the Swallows mentor.
The Soweto side will be looking to continue with the impressive start to the 2020/21 campaign when they meet SuperSport United next Saturday.
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