Davids: We took the game to Baroka

Premiership

Maritzburg brushed their counterparts aside through some nervy moments in the second-half as they fought back to secure a 3-1 win on Friday evening.

Davids gave full praise to his troops for their first-half display and to eventually hold out for the important result at home, but admits they gambled by starting with only three defenders.

"We have to compliment the players, definitely one of the best performances I've seen [from us] in the first half, especially really taking the game to them," said David in his post-match interview with SuperSport TV.

"Of course it was a bit of a risk to start with three defenders, but I think it paid off, we really took the game to them, unlocked them and created the spaces we wanted to exploit and of course getting the two goals.

"In the second half, you don't want to start that way – conceding in the first 15 minutes – but they showed the grit and fight to hold on [for the win]."

A half-time substitution saw Evans Ruskie being replaced after picking up a caution in the first half, and Davids says they didn't want to flirt with danger after being reduced to nine men in their defeat to Orlando Pirates in midweek.

"Last week we had two red cards and, with Evans Rusike sitting on a yellow, we didn't want to take a risk," he added.

"But of course we had to solidify, with two left-footers a number 10 and [a winger] coming down the left thus we brought on Themba Shabalala to solve the threat.

"But it back-fired in a way because in the first 15 minutes we were defending too deep and that allowed them to get back into the game."

Having strengthened their bid for a top eight position, currently sitting in seventh spot, the Team of Choice caretaker mentor refuses to get carried away by setting unrealistic targets too early on.

"We need one more point to get our [targetted] 30 and then we can concentrate further to set the next target.

"The next game against Chippa United is going to be tough away from home, but we've got enough time now to prepare and get the structure right to be able to handle them," he concluded.

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