Monare: We need the right attitude

Nedbank Cup

Orlando Pirates midfielder Thabang Monare says the Buccaneers needed to change their mentality and attitude for the second half against Maritzburg United.

The Soweto giants advanced to the Nedbank Cup quarter-finals, with goals by Kabelo Dlamini, Deon Hotto and Vincent Pule cancelling out Thabiso Kutumela's early opener for United.

"The mentality and the attitude is the only thing that changed [in the second-half], we understood what was at stake and what needed to be done," Monare told SuperSport TV after receiving his Man of the Match prize.

"We have a lot of talent in the team and we need the right attitude, which we did. Credit to the guys who worked very hard, we played against a side that also worked very hard, so we had to match. We matched in the second-half, we can take on from here and learn."

Monare was asked about the impact that Dlamini made in the team after coming on as a substitute at half-time and scored a goal that brought them back into the game.

"Even in the SuperSport game he came on and made a huge difference, he gives us this options to give to him [the ball] in the windows but I'm at a team [where] we're blessed with midfielders, we're blessed with a lot of talent, it's a like for like," he said.

"The coach is also spoilt for choice, looking at the mentality that we have and the right attitude we have as players, the sky is the limit.

"I think I'm learning, I'm growing, I'm trying to improve myself as a player, there's always a room for improvement, room to help the team and play a major role. I'm learning, there's a couple of mistakes I did today, I learn and grow as a footballer," he added.