Jonevret pleased with point

Pirates came from behind after Joseph Molangoane had opened the scoring for Chiefs, with Man of the Match Thembinkosi Lorch forcing Tsepo Masilela to concede an own goal.

Amakhosi might have won it near the end as they were awarded a penalty for an alleged Ayanda Gcaba handball in the box, but Willard Katsande’s weak effort was saved by Brighton Mhlongo in the Pirates goal.

“I was very happy with the first half, I think they [Chiefs] had one shot on goal,” Jonevret says. “We were a little soft in the defence and they scored one, and it was very unfair [on the balance of play]. We had five or six very good chances before we scored.

“Second half we were a little bit more tired I think. I don’t know if it was a penalty, but had they scored I think it would have been very unfair had we lost the game because we were worth at least one point.

“We really tried, we wanted to win this one, but in the end … I’m happy with our performance for at least an hour.”

Jonevret says he enjoyed some of his side’s play when they managed to string passes together.

“Chiefs were better in the first four or five minutes, but then we found our shape and started winning balls. And when we had the ball we were brave enough to play. All our chances were after five, six or seven short passes.

“I really liked that, but then we stretched it a bit and were in a hurry too often. We could have slowed it down a little because when we did that we were good.”

Jonevret says the performance his side gave was better than last weekend’s 1-1 home draw with Polokwane City and that shows they are improving.

“This [Chiefs] was a better team than Polokwane last week, sorry to say to Polokwane, but Chiefs is one step better. We are going to find a lot of positive things here and we will correct a few things that we were not so happy with.

“So hopefully we are going to continue to develop and that win will come.”

The draw extends Pirates’ winless run to 11 games, with their next fixture at home to title-chasing SuperSport United on Tuesday.

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