Manqoba: Erasmus was very unfortunate

Premiership

Mamelodi Sundowns co-coach Manqoba Mngqithi says the team was not at their sharpest in the goalless draw against Bloemfontein Celtic.

Sundowns created some good chances but they could not put them away with shot-stopper Jackson Mabokgwane playing on top of his game and his substitute goalkeeper Sipho Chaine also thwarted the Brazilians in the second stanza.

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As a result of the second successive draw, Masandawana lead the table by just one point, with second-placed Swallows FC in action on Wednesday.

"This one was a little bit of a tough one because I think we got some opportunities where we could have opened the game up, it's not going to be easy when they are sitting deep and not giving us space behind the defence," Mngqithi told SuperSport TV.

"I thought the chances we got in the first-half, Kermit [Erasmus] was very unfortunate today I believe he could have easily scored a hat-trick but on the day he was just very unfortunate, we must just accept that.

"But I still believe we were not at our sharpest point, not very sharp and convincing, maybe when we made the substitutions in the second-half and refreshed the team that's where we started to look [better] with quicker combinations to try and get behind the defence.

"But all in all I still think it was not a performance one would have expected but what can we do? We can just appreciate that we did not concede again and we have not lost a match, they had some scary moments on counter-attacks and they always trouble us on counter-attacks but I think today we dealt with those situations a little bit better," he said.

"It's just not looking good when you're not scoring in two matches in a row being a team like Sundowns, not taking away the fact that their goalkeeper put in some good saves. Jackson [Mabokgwane] did very well on Kermit in the first-half, Sipho Chaine also did very well second-half. We have to go back and work, hopefully in the big one [against Swallows FC on Saturday] we'll be able to get the desired results."

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