Orlando Pirates coach Josef Zinnbauer admitted his players may have been feeling the effects of their MTN8 triumph in the 1-0 victory over Chippa United.
The Soweto giants broke a six-year trophy drought on Saturday with MTN8 success against Bloemfontein Celtic.
After needing an 86th minute strike from Fortune Makaringe on Wednesday night, Zinnbauer admitted the players looked a bit 'tired' from all the energy they expended on the weekend.
"It's important we have three points," the Pirates tactician told SuperSport TV.
"That was the target. We knew it was going to be a tough game. We came from the cup final. You saw today the players were tired and we didn't have enough chances and then the opponent got a red card.
"It was clear they were going to use a deep block after the sending-off and it's not easy to find a solution. We then had opportunities to score but it's always so, if you don't score, and we needed a goal.
"We then had a good moment, a good combination for the goal we scored but at the end of the day we have three points. It was not a top performance.
"We understand the psychology and things coming from the last game. We won the cup and it's not easy to come back as a player. As a player I know it but as a coach you can't understand why it's so hard for us today."