Pitso Motsimane: Maritzburg were emotional

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Moreover, he said that playing with ten men in the last 30 minutes of the match suited them after Gaston Sirino was red-carded following two yellow cards in the space of minutes.
 
The Brazilians scored two goals in the first stanza through Emiliano Tade and Lebohang Maboe while United pulled a goal back in the last seven minutes courtesy of Fortune Makaringe in a 2-1 defeat.
 
“Always a thriller here hey? It was a thriller in Cape Town against Cape Town City, it was a thriller at [Bidvest] Wits. Sometimes you get it right, sometimes you don’t,” Mosimane told SuperSport TV after the match.
 
“We scored the goals, we were dangerous in the first half. We could go in the inside but the most important ones we didn’t take them.
 
“Themba Zwane must kill the game but he’s been scoring all the time. He’s the top goalscorer in Africa. But we need to give him that [benefit of a doubt]. He had enough time, he could have even rounded the goalkeeper to be honest.
 
“Maritzburg is emotional, it’s normal. If we were in their position we would be emotional, otherwise when you’re not emotional and you’re 2-0 down what are you’re people going to say?
 
“You have to show that you want to fight back. It’s a normal reaction. You have to calm down and hold it. You have to be clever.”
 
The CAF Champions League winning coach also commented on the red card suffered by Sirino, getting two yellow cards inside a minute just after the hour-mark.
 
“I think we were much better defending with ten men that when it was eleven against eleven. It’s unbelievable," added Mosimane.
 
“I told Gaston [Sirino] before the match, I said ‘be very careful’ because he [Victor Gomes] once told me that Gaston is reactional. Gaston is emotional, so is Gomes. So those two together, something is going to give way and whoever has the authority will defeat the other one.
 
“I speak to him [referee], he was too quick. Speak to him [Sirino]. Either delay or whatever. If he was swearing of course he must take him out. But he didn’t swear, I know that. Gaston is emotional, we know that, but the referee is also emotional. Emotional intelligence was needed on the referee. I think he could’ve warned him.”

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