'We benefited from playing without fans'

Nedbank Cup

Richards Bay coach Simo Dladla felt that his side might have benefited from playing Kaizer Chiefs in an empty stadium.

The GladAfrica Championship outfit claimed a massive scalp in the form of Gavin Hunt's side courtesy of a 91st-minute winner from Siyabonga Vilane.

And Dladla, the mastermind behind the win, could not hide his delight at the final whistle.

"It was a tough game but we had a plan coming here. We stuck to the plan. Lucky for us, we came here in a good run of form over the previous games so we said nothing changes," the Richards Bay mentor told SuperSport TV

"We said when we have the ball we need to play our normal game, our normal passing game. When we don't have the ball then we must work hard, get behind the ball, which we did very well.

"I told them not many people can think especially when you are compact. And that proved to work for us. We forced them into thinking hard and then they were forced to go wide because I got two tall centre-halves who can compete with Nurkovic and them. They played well.

"Of course, Chiefs is a big team. And for some of these guys Chiefs players are their idols so they were idolising them at times.

"We had moments where we could really get behind them. We didn't. And I think that got them back into it because with the structure I thought we were ahead of them.

"Let me just say it's clear we need support, moral support, spiritual support. Maybe it helped us today that the Amakhosi fans were not here. I think we benefited from that today."

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