Kaizer Chiefs' Steve Komphela says Joseph Molangoane grew in confidence in the Soweto Derby
Posted: 23 October 2017 Time: 08:50
Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela felt Joseph Molangoane became more effective after the break in the Soweto Derby with Orlando Pirates.
Molangoane got the fans excited with some nifty footwork in the opening half at FNB Stadium, but Komphela felt he was not troubling the Buccaneers defence.
The former Maritzburg United boss therefore instructed Molangoane to push forward and he feels 'Tight' started to add value.
“He had all these turns and tweaks in the first half, much to the delight of our supporters," Komphela told the club's website.
“But I realised that there wasn’t any real threat as a result of these actions. I therefore asked him to play higher up in the second half, which worked very well and he was much more threatening. This also boosted his confidence and that of the team.”
The match ended goalless, but Komphela believe it could have been 3-3 on another day.
“We could have scored three goals. It could have been 3-3.”
He acknowledged Pirates initially had the better of the exchanges.
“Pirates dominated because of the way they were set up, also overloading their midfield. We had to be patient and it was good to see that we kept our shape defensively.
“Our stabilising pass, the first after having won possession of the ball, was also not good and that’s why we struggled to attack. As a result of this, Bernard Parker was left isolated up front.”
He added: “Pirates also made a few changes since their last game in mid-week against Platinum Stars. That’s why we had to adapt at half-time and we did much better in the second half.”