'Set-pieces changed the game'

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A disgruntled Fadlu Davids bemoaned how Orlando Pirates' surprising failure to deal with set-pieces was the deciding factor in their 4-1 defeat to Mamelodi Sundowns.

The Brazilians scored four second-half goals as striker Pavol Safranko grabbed a brace with Fortune Makaringe grabbing a stoppage-time consolation for Pirates.

Speaking after the final whistle, Davids detailed how his side's inability to deal with set-pieces proved the difference in their convincing defeat.

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"It's strange to concede three set-pieces," Davids said post-match.

"We haven't conceded a set-piece this season, our structure has been really, really good.

"You don't want to make excuses but losing Olisa Ndah at half-time unsettled us but that's no excuse.

"We're usually good and solid at defending set-pieces and that's what changed the game, by conceding early in the second half.

"That's also what we need to work on is the mentality of the players where we had such a good first half then concede in quick succession.

"That is what we need to take out of this where we don't drop our heads or fold after that setback and continue to keep our shape and bounce back."

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