Benson excuses Bucs' Derby defeat

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Former Orlando Pirates captain and assistant coach Benson Mhlongo has gone in soft on Bucs following their Soweto Derby defeat.

Mhlongo says the pressure to beat rivals Kaizer Chiefs in Sunday's match at FNB Stadium was just too much for Pirates as everyone expected them to close the gap between them and log leaders Mamelodi Sundowns.

As it turns out, Amakhosi emerged victorious with a 1-0 result and prevented four Soweto Derby losses in a row.

Mhlongo says there is even more pressure in the Soweto Derby when playing without supporters in the stands.

"It's worse. When there's supporters at least they give you that motivation and courage," Mhlongo tells KickOff.com.

"With supporters at least I'm protected, now there are no fans. And you know if you lose this game you will be disappointing too many people. It's not easy to play against Chiefs. No one can tell you it was easy playing against Chiefs.

"The Derby on its own it's got pressure, you must be mentally strong. I don't see any wrongdoing that Pirates has done, it's just a mistake, and they punished them.

"It was a game that was too tactical. Both teams were too cautious. It was not easy to break each other down. So we can't blame Pirates that much, it was just that mistake.

"When it comes to Derbies it doesn't matter how you played in all the other games before. A derby is a different game altogether. It's got its own pressure. It's never been easy to play a Derby. That mistake in the goal cost them and Chiefs capitalised on that."

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