Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane was not disheartened by his side's failure to collect maximum points against Orlando Pirates on Tuesday night.
Sundowns missed the chance to reduce the gap behind leaders Kaizer Chiefs to just a single point, as they were held to a goalless draw by Pirates, leaving the Brazilians three points behind Chiefs, having played the same number of games.
Mosimane admits the Buccaneers were more fresher in the second half as Sundowns only registered one shot on target for the entire game.
"Ja, a game of two halves for us, we were much better in the first-half, second-half we have to give it to Orlando Pirates, let's be honest and they missed two chances to be honest. Okay, we had one [chance] but not really convincing," Mosimane told SuperSport TV.
"The second-half they took it, you could see they were much stronger, much fresher than us in the second-half. We survived a bit, Mosa [Lebusa] calf [injury], you know. But it's okay, it's a good point, we'll take a point. We're playing Orlando Pirates remember?"
The multiple league-winning coach went on to explain his reasons behind introducing Jose Ali Meza and Andile Jali in the second stanza.
"We put Ali [Meza] there to put more fresh legs, I think Keletso [Makgalwa] ran enough, 'Mshishi' [Themba Zwane] also, we put Andile [Jali] to help us in midfield because we could see that they were going through, to make sure that we strengthen the midfield because we had a problem there.
"They were going through and I played a three-man midfield. But it's football, we're going for the long haul, it's a good point, don't undermine a point against Orlando Pirates. It's a big point, two tough games, [Bidvest] Wits and Orlando Pirates. Ja, not bad. It's still a long haul, we're still going," he said.