Rhulani: We breathe a sigh of relief


Orlando Pirates interim coach Rhulani Mokwena was happy to get back on the winning trail after grinding out a win over Highlands Park on Tuesday evening.

Tshegofatso Mabasa netted a controversial goal late in the game to give the Buccaneers a 1-0 win over Highlands in Tembisa.

The Television replays showed that Mabasa was a few meters offside, with Highlands Park coach Owen Da Gama gutted by the decision not to flag for offside.

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"We've played better but to be honest we don't care at this point in time, we just take the three points," Mokwena told SuperSport TV.

And when asked specifically on two incidents, the late goal and a dangerous tackle from Mabasa, he did not want to get involved.

"No comment. We take a win and we breathe a sigh of relief at this point in time and congratulate the players grinding it out today," he said.

"We asked them to grind it out, keep a clean sheet and that's what they did. Congratulations to the Orlando Pirates players, they deserve the victory today.

"Sometimes it feels like we're in trouble but it's because the ball are coming in, the crosses, long throws are coming in to the box, that's the percentage football they play and we have to deal with it.

"Gallant performance from the players once again, a fight, very worthy of the three points today. A lot more verticality, Highlands are strong, very organised they do man-marking orientation all over the pitch very well, they are a difficult side to beat, not a lot of teams will come here and get three points, so we take it. It's also the first time we've beaten Highlands Park, we're humble, we keep our feet on the ground and we move on to the next one," he continued.

"We didn't change much [in the second-half], just a bit of tactical discipline, sometimes we had to alter the structure a little bit, we don't normally play this way, we had to play a little different because they man-mark. Sometimes if you have far too much movement, then you block certain areas of the pitch and that's what they want. We had to try to be smart a little bit but today the most important thing was the result, we take it and congratulate the players, well done and well deserved."