Truter: We weren't at our best

Premiership

Swallows FC head coach Brandon Truter says his side were well below-par in their 1-0 defeat to Orlando Pirates on Saturday.

Chances were scarce in a match that saw plenty of yellow cards being dished out but Tshegofatso Mabasa got the vital winner for Pirates in the 78th minute for the Buccaneers' first win of the season.

And Truter believes there is 'plenty more in the tank' in terms of what his side can give.

"Some lessons learned here today. We learn from it. We weren't at our best today to say the least," The Birds boss told SuperSport TV.

"I think we were a bit stuck in one gear. Chances were few and far between for both sides. I think they had one header first half, we parried it. Second half I don't think Sanele made a save except for taking the ball out of the net. But that's football and that's the quality Pirates possess. You've got to give it to them.

"Ja, we won battles. We had our moments as well. When they scored their goal, they had a few passes, that was their moment and they capitalised on it. On our side, when we have moments like that I think the decision in the final third lets us down.

"Lessons learnt today. Should have been a bit tighter. Done better to stop the cross. There's so much more in the tank from my boys. I think we could have done better. We weren't our usual selves today but well done to Pirates.

"Second half we tried to get out. We created one or two moments. They were always dangerous on the counter. We parked our second block, our counter-press. They got through it as well. They brought on Mabasa, Dzvukamanja, who the midfielders can play off which gave us some trouble.

"After they scored they shut shop, brought on their new defender. We brought on Mulenga, wanted to get an equaliser but they managed it. They went five at the back. I would have done the same. It was their first win and at home."

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