Rulani: The subs were very good

Premiership

Mamelodi Sundowns co-coach Rulani Mokwena praised the impact the substitutions made in the 3-0 win over Swallows FC.

Sundowns claimed their fifth league victory in six games to go four points clear at the top of the DStv Premiership standings.

However, it wasn't as easy as the scoreline suggested as they only held a one-goal advantage through Pavol Safranko's header until the 75th minute.

The introduction of Neo Maema, Rivaldo Coetzee and Sibusiso Vilakazi from the bench saw Sundowns go up a level. Maema was the standout, scoring a goal and providing the assist for Peter Shalulile to wrap up the points.

"It's good for confidence. It's good for the morale of the team. The momentum is good. Once again congratulations for a team effort. It's very difficult to get any single player to stand out. The technical team, support staff, the supporters and the entire group of players," Mokwena told SuperSport TV.

"The subs who were very good. Riva came in, stabilised the midfield. Vila helped us to change a little bit the structure and the organisation and of course Neo still helps us when we take Kutumela to keep up the pressure in and around the box.

"It's the work that we do when we are in possession which is very important. How we use the ball is important. Minimising the turnovers. The structure to maintain you hear us talking about the extra pass. Because the extra pass makes you stay together because when you stay together you maintain your compactness. It's what gives you the rest defence. The rest defence then gives you the ability to counter press.

"Even in the PSL, how many times you find 4 v 3s and 3 vs 2, we don't want to suffer those sort of situations where numerically we are inferior to the opposition on turnovers. Our work when we are in possession in relation to how we use the ball and where we position ourselves becomes very important to be able to defend well."

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