Mngqithi: Stellies wanted it more

Premiership

Mamelodi Sundowns co-coach Manqoba Mngqithi bemoaned the missed chances after their 1-1 draw against Stellenbosch FC on Saturday night.

The Brazilians, who lead the league standings currently, had to come from behind in the second half to force a stalemate in difficult conditions in the Western Cape province.

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“It was always going to be a very tough match, but I think we created better chances first half. We did not take those chances. We were playing against the wind, but I think we created better moments to win the game,” Mngqithi told SuperSport TV.

“(Thabiso) Kutumela had a big chance, Grant (Kekana) unfortunately with that half-chance on the set-piece. We had some few good moments but credit must be given to them. They really ran, they really worked hard today.

“They really wanted it more. I think my boys were, they were caught up in the mode of chasing the game second half. After scoring the equaliser, I think we could not gain control of the game again.

“Then, we allowed the game to be too transitional and too quick. And when it is too quick it favours them because every time you make a mistake, you know you must be ready to defend against their speed against your defence but the weather conditions also didn’t help.

“The wind was too much and it made it very difficult to play patiently. The way you would want to play, but I knew it was not going to be easy against Stellenbosch.

“Even last time we stole it here. I think we created better chances first half, second half we didn’t really create much but we put a lot of pressure on them which was good but in terms of chances I think (it) could’ve been stolen first half,” Mngqithi further noted.

Stellenbosch entered halftime ahead through a penalty from Junior Mendieta after a foul on Ashley Du Preez by Khuliso Mudau, who was substituted at the break as Mngqithi dwelled on the matter.

“No, it’s because Mudau was feeling a little bit of a hamstring and we felt because of the intensity that was put in by Du Preez and (Stanley) Dimgba it was always going to come so we realised it is better for us to take him out because already he was not feeling good.

“But I don’t think it’s something serious at this stage, it’s just we had to be cautious at this stage of the season when you got so many games back-to-back.

“And I think Thapelo (Morena) came in and gave a very good account of himself. We could’ve done better honestly speaking. One would say, we could’ve taken all the three points but unfortunately it was not to be,” he said.

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