Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila coach Joel Masutha said it was a case of damage limitation towards the end of his side's 3-0 defeat to Kaizer Chiefs on Tuesday.
Chiefs had TTM on the backfoot for large periods of the game and the scoreline was at risk of becoming embarrassing for Masutha's side.
After extending their winless run to eight matches, Masutha admitted that Chiefs had too much quality for his side on the day.
"I think again just like the last match against Arrows we conceded in the 19th minute," the TTM mentor told SuperSport TV.
"Even today it was the 19th minute. And you try and check if the opponent tried to unpack you. But it didn't happen like that. We let the ball bounce in the box, wrong position and they got a goal.
"And from there we tried to regroup. I think after the goal we started to play a bit better. And then second half we thought we going to continue but the quality of Chiefs players and the experience as well as Nurkovic up front was too much for our players.
"And they continued scoring and we had to try and stop them from scoring many goals because we didn't want a cricket score."