Bloemfontein Celtic coach Lehlohonolo Seema explained why it was important for his side to neutralise influencial Polokwane City captain Jabu Maluleke, as well as Salulani Phiri and Edgar Manaka.
Phunya Sele Sele came back from a goal down to register a crucial 2-1 victory over Rise and Shine away from home, as they moved closer towards finishing in the top eight at the end of the season.
The Free State side currently sits in ninth place on the Absa Premiership standings, a point behind eighth-placed Highlands Park.
Celtic finished the game with 10 men after Given Mashikinya was sent off in the final 20 minutes of the game.
Seema gave his players credit for executing the game plan well.
“I think we expected a game like this and credit must go to the guys. We prepared very well and our analyst was sleeping very early in the morning because we had to get the three points,” Seema told reporters after the game on Wednesday night,”
“We knew that we were coming to a team that was playing very well, one of the highest in the team. They are sitting comfortably in the top eight. We did our assignment and it was the way we expected. I must give credit to the guys, because tactically they were solid.
“We had to check some individuals, to neutralise Maluleke, Manaka and Phiri, because those are the ones who start havoc. Once those guys are neutralised, then they will have to go route one to [Mohammed] Anas. I think we got it right.”