Kaizer Chiefs defender Daniel Cardoso says they should have made things easy for themselves by controlling the game better against Orlando Pirates after taking a two-goal lead.
Pirates managed to rally back from two goals to get back in the game, but Cardoso converted a penalty six minutes before time to seal victory for Chiefs at the FNB Stadium on Saturday.
"First of all thanks to God for giving us this great game we produced today, from both sides, very entertaining game so credit to the fans, what a great spectacle today, five goal thriller, when last... they [fans] paid for this and we delivered today," Cardoso told SuperSport TV after receiving his Man of the Match accolade.
"Thanks also to Chiefs supporters, if you look at the stadium, it's unbelievable, all black and yellow and it's helping us in the field of play," he went on.
"We started very well today, when we were 2-0 up, I think we got a bit relaxed, it seems like it's becoming a habit, when we got two, three goals up we start to relax a bit and that shouldn't be the way to take the game, because if you become too relaxed, we gonna start conceding silly goals like we did earlier.
"It was a very good free-kick from [Vincent] Pule, from a tight angle, I've got to give him the heads up for that and also the second goal was also a great goal from [Gabadinho] Mhango but we needed to deal with it better you know. Going 2-0 up in the first half we needed a better control of the game."
The former Free State Stars defender pointed out that the difference between the last few seasons and now at Chiefs is the fighting spirit and the unity they have in the team.
"You can see we're actually fighting as a team, I mean look at the past few games, we've been fighting with all our heart and might and I think that's the difference from the past few seasons, you know, we're sticking together and it all starts at training," he added.