Thabo Rakhale: Pirates got punished against Bidvest Wits
Posted: 16 March 2016 Time: 23:03
Thabo Rakhale says Orlando Pirates got punished for a small mistake in their 1-0 loss to title contenders Bidvest Wits on Wednesday night.
Bucs' four-game winning streak was ended by James Keene's 26th minute strike, the Englishman netting from close range following a low cross from Thulani Hlatshwayo.
Rakhale felt there was little separating the in-form sides at Bidvest Stadium.
"I think it was the same game for both teams, physical and very fast. The conditions didn't make it easy but we gave our all," Rakhale said.
"There's wasn't much in this game and it was always going to come down to a small mistake. It was us this time and we got punished."
The fan-favourite added: "Both teams came into this game on form so it was always going to be tight. We just have to pick our heads up and bounce back."
Pirates will next face Jomo Cosmos in the last-16 of the Nedbank Cup at Olen Park Stadium on April 3.
Eric Tinkler's men will draw confidence from their 5-0 rout of Ezenkosi in the league this past weekend.