Jele, Micho accept City lesson

Premiership

After dominating the first-half with a comfortable two-goal lead and some room for showboating, The Buccaneers were quickly humbled as The Citizens drew level within eight minutes midway through the second -half.

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Minus their head coach Benni McCarthy, assisting coach Vasili Manousakis’ tactical tweaks paid dividends as Ayanda Patosi bagged a brace to earn his side a valuable point at Orlando Stadium.

However, Jele has defended his teammates’ showing and stressed that the players stuck to tactics, but were undone by a much better turnaround from the visiting outfit.

“We were not relaxed in the first-half, it was tactics. That’s why we managed to score two goals, and then we managed the game,” defended the skipper.

“In the second-half, Cape Town City came at us and it was difficult for us. As a team, obviously we’re disappointed to drop points at home.

“But we are just going to go the drawing board and fix the things that we did wrong, and focus on the next game that’s coming on Saturday.”

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Sredojevic echoes his on-field deputy’s sentiments, and insisted that work will be done to ensure a similar occurrence does not repeat itself going forward.

“From my side, I guarantee that all of us were made aware that we had been punished by the game of football,” Micho added.

“We need to understand that emotionally we need to have much better game management in a way that the game needs to be played from the first to the last minute. We have no time to relax, we need to give respect to everything.

“From the moment we conceded the first goal we were thinking that things will simply come our way [again], however, in the second-half the opponents were not defending as high as we expected.

“We still played those balls [in behind their defence] but whenever we tried to penetrate in front of the opponents’ defence we succeeded, but we got punished from that set-piece.

“Simply we have learned a lesson and we need to go back to the drawing board, as the captain says, and learn the lesson that in football you have no time to relax.”

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