Larsen: Pirates' offside goal killed us


Polokwane City coach Clinton Larsen believes his side self-destructed in their 4-1 drubbing against Orlando Pirates but were also "killed" by an offside goal.

Asked if he expected the Buccaneers to erupt the way they did, Larsen said it was his side that did the damage to themselves at Peter Mokaba Stadium.

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"No, I think we erupted. Defensively we were very poor," Larsen told the media.

"You know the youngsters struggled. I think as a defensive unit we struggled to contain their pace you know, it's as simple as that.

"They scored three goals before half-time, not four-three, if you know what I mean.

"But that second goal was a killer. To allow that to stand... that one took the wind out of us. You know we were still in the game but it was plain for everyone to see that he was offside.

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"But like I always say these decisions sometimes go for you, against you, and hopefully soon we'll get one in our favour. But a big mistake by them and we were punished for it.

"But you know half-time we changed, we went to three at the back, went with wing-backs, put two strikers and it was one-way traffic you know.

"I think they had two decent attacks in the 45 minutes, it was all about us, and those are the positives I would like to take out of the game."

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14th-placed Rise and Shine's next game is against fellow relegation candidates Baroka FC, who are rooted to the bottom of the Absa Premiership table.