Barker: I thought we coped well

Nedbank Cup

Stellenbosch FC head coach Steve Barker says he was disappointed they could not take the game to penalties against Mamelodi Sundowns.

Phathutshedzo Nange snatched an equaliser for Stellies in stoppage time, just after Gaston Sirino thought he had netted the winner for Sundowns, as the match headed to extra-time.

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Ashley Du Preez had given the Western Cape side an early lead but his strike was quickly cancelled out by Peter Shalulile, who scored the ultimate winner for the Brazilians in the last three minutes of extra-time and booked them a spot in the last 16.

"Ja, disappointed I thought we gave a good account of ourselves, we stuck to the game plan. Unfortunate not to take it to penalties, where obviously it's a 50/50 opportunity for us," Barker told SuperSport TV.

"We've got past a really good team away from home so ja credit must go to the players for a really committed performance.

"First-half we had a couple of opportunities in behind, a little bit on transitions, second-half we sat a little bit deeper, I thought they were little bit running of of ideas and we were looking to sort of play on transition," he said.

"Then they scored close to full-time, I thought that was game over and we scored with the last kick of the 90 [minutes], went into extra-time.

"I thought we coped well, they didn't look like they were really going to create anything and obviously they are able to bring in a lot of firepower and we sort of looked to maintain our composure, compactness and hopefully create a chance here or there.

"And they got the winner, which turned out to be, again we had a final chance to make it 3-3. But overall we came up against a really good team but I thought we did some really nice things, we need to take this forward and build from it," he added.

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