Matsimela: We didn't use the ball well

Premiership

Baroka FC coach Matsimela Thoka felt his side did not utilise the ball well in the final third against Mamelodi Sundowns.

Bakgaga Ba Ga Mphahlele, who went into halftime goalless, succumbed to second-half strikes from Lyle Lakay and Themba Zwane.

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“A difficult game, but we tried. You can see, first half we weren’t ourselves the way I was expecting. I tried to manage to go second half zero-zero," Thoka told SuperSport TV.

“Coming back from second half, again you see the quality side of Sundowns they will do everything with the ball but our boys were trying and trying.

“But second half we showed that we can do something, it’s just that when we get in our final third it’s where it matters most. We didn’t use the ball well.

“So we need to be patient with the ball because if you lose it and then a team like this can use it more than you so but you can see we played two number tens.

“It’s not like I’m defending myself, but we don’t have strikers. Makgopa is not there. Mbulu, Dickens they are our typical strikers but we tried the boys showed we can do something but its football for us it’s just to go back to the drawing board.

Goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke made numerous saves in both the first and second half, as Thoka laments his side’s ability to ball-watch in crucial moments.

“I think he fought very well Masuluke today. For me, I think maybe if the team didn’t lose he was going to be man of the match. He deserved to be because he saved very crucial balls there.

“It’s just one thing my boys must wake up is ball watching. You play against Sundowns, you can see the space, they can keep it so if you ball watch they will punish.

“It’s how the second goal came, they made combination play nearer to the goal-mouth nobody is reacting to close them down. But we’re learning the hard way."

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