Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila head coach Joel Masutha believes they did the opposite of what their game plan was, during the 3-0 defeat by Orlando Pirates at Thohoyandou Stadium on Wednesday.
TTM suffered their third loss of the season which leaves them three points above the bottom position, currently occupied by Black Leopards.
Masutha feels the match was lost in the first half.
“It was a game wherein we did what we were not supposed to do especially earlier on,” says Masutha.
“We agreed that we will try to bypass their press in the first 25 minutes knowing that Pirates are going to press us and put us under a lot of pressure especially with Gaba (Gabadinho Mhango), (Thembinkosi) Lorch and (Vincent) Pule with their speed.
“We know how they play, so we fell into that trap because we told them that there will be traps and we fell into those traps and it backfired. In other games we made mistakes and managed to bounce back, but with quality opposition like Pirates, it is very difficult. The more you try to go at them, the more you open up,” he said.
“I felt the game was lost in the first half to be honest. We defended very badly and made too many mistakes in crucial areas, so to sum it up I can say we gave away the game, we gave Pirates the victory, yes they played but we contributed in them scoring the goals that they scored. Based on the mistakes that we made, we deserve to lose the match,” added Masutha.
TTM will travel to Golden Arrows on Saturday, before facing Kaizer Chiefs three days later, also in an away DStv Premiership encounter.
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By Ofhani Munyai