Davids: We had ourselves to blame

Nedbank Cup

Orlando Pirates co-coach Fadlu Davids says they only had themselves to blame for their Nedbank Cup exit at the hands of Marumo Gallants.

Pirates were knocked out of the Nedbank Cup in the round of 16 after losing 5-4 on penalties to holders Marumo Gallants, following a 1-1 draw in extra-time.

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Davids maintains the Buccaneers had enough chances to win the game, but urged the boys to keep their heads high.

"I think we had ourselves to blame, besides the penalty they had, one turnover in the last minute where they had a chance to score, they never really troubled our goalkeeper," Davids told SuperSport TV.

"On the other hand, we had enough chances to win the game in normal time and extra-time as well.

"That's credit to the boys, they applied the strategy to press high and not allow them to play these short passes in midfield, putting their bodies on the line, jumping into the next line.

"It was really successful, then the moments out of those pressing situations, where you have three against two or a four against three, we didn't use," he said.

"We have to lift the boys now, out of the Nedbank, our full focus now on CAF coming up on Sunday.

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"It was a situation of Lorch, with so many games coming, he came on and got injured, it tells you the players are feeling the effects of so many games. It was difficult for us, bringing him on and we have to take him off again.

"We have to manage the group now, number one in terms of the availability but also lift the heads, losing the derby and now out of the Nedbank Cup, we have to lift our heads up, put our chests out and go for the CAF competition, that's what we have to focus on, on Sunday.

"The fitness levels of the players is good, to be able to play 120 minutes after the demanding derby, two days before we played Cape Town City, two days before that playing as well.

"The players did well to continue playing throughout 90 minutes, there are players that need rest, like I mentioned the Lorch injury but we can't complain about the tiredness now, we have to go for the CAF competition, lift our heads up, put our chests out and go for this competition. The three points will help us in qualifying for the next round," he added.

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