Mitchell reflects on defeat

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“At the end of the day, it was a friendly match. It was a chance to look at new players and to play in similar conditions to what we will be playing in CONCACAF,” says Mitchell.

“We had five or six changes from our last line-up in September and I think it showed in the first half as we were a little disjointed. Another fact was that some guys had not played with their teammates before.”

South Africa applied the pressure early on Canada. Their efforts led to the first of two goals by Teko Modise in the 40th minute. Just over five minutes later, Modise scored again, this time off a penalty kick as a result of a foul inside the box by captain Paul Stalteri.

Mitchell said that while his team was too open in the first half, they did manage to tighten up as a unit and produce better chances in the second half.

Canada, playing without Stalteri after he picked up his second yellow card, made four changes in the last 45 minutes, but they were unable to score.

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