Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila coach Joel Masutha admits his side 'didn't pitch up' against Orlando Pirates.
TTM extended their winless streak in the DStv Premiership to six matches after suffering a 3-0 loss at the hands of the Buccaneers.
"No, we didn't pitch up. Plain and simple. And also the giveaways in terms of goals, especially the first one. We planned everything properly. We knew what they were going to do," Masutha told SuperSport TV.
"They never caught us by surprise. We knew that they gonna press us. And we had to come out of that press. But we agreed that the first 25 minutes we must try and bypass their press by playing a bit longer.
"Because you know when Mhango is there he's going to press the whole 90 minutes. And the speed of Lorch. We gave them the goal which weren't supposed to give them. That took a lot out of the players. With a quality team like Pirates, you can't expect to make these mistakes and they can punish you. They could have had more and at the end we just had to try and play not to get an embarrassing score.
Despite being outplayed, Masutha couldn't fault his players' endeavour.
"They fought like hell since we started. Some of our key players looked fatigued. They couldn't give what they usually give," he said.
"For me no matter what I will never fault the players for their efforts. They always try their best. Today we were bad and we couldn't come back."
When asked about possible upcoming transfers, Masuth added, "I believe the management has assembled a good team," said the TTM mentor.
"We are short in a few positions. Like any other team when you are short you have to beef up. Where we are we are not safe. And were lacking in crucial positions. If you checked on the team sheet, we only had one defender who was a left-back on the bench. Thsoe are the areas that we need to look at if we want to compete.
"Because the more you don't concede the more the chance of winning the game especially with the quality that we have going forward. For sure the management know these are the areas we need to look at so we can be the team that competes with the other clubs."