Micho hails Bucs effort after TKO loss

Telkom Knockout

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Bucs came from behind twice to force the game to extra time and penalties, despite playing with ten men for the whole of second half and extra time.

The Soweto giants ended up losing on penalties as Baroka went on to claim their first TKO title.

“I have to give an absolute credit to the players. We have applied ourselves very well until this few minutes of madness where we got the red card and conceded that goal. We have absolutely controlled the game fully, the opponent used those moments that we were a player less, scored the goal,” the Serbian mentor told SuperSport TV.

“On halftime we went totally risky instead of putting a central defender we kept the formation that was extremely attacking with four attackers upfront practically playing with three defenders, two central and four attackers. That paid off scoring that goal going into extra time.

“Then [thereafter] we couldn’t stabilize we have conceded despite dominating with a player less we conceded that penalty. But the spirit of the team worked very hard so that we could come to that equalizing goal on 2-2.

“We have given everything under the circumstances. I believe in regulation time we were close to winning the game. On penalties it came what it came. We really having the jinx of losing on penalties, it was on the MTN8, SuperSport [United] after 2-2 [SuperSport won on penalties]. Today it is 2-2 [we lose again]. It something that is our problem. We have to pick up the pieces, be strong. I give credit to the technical team who worked very hard to prepare the team.

“The missing factor today was the element of luck because penalties is a lottery.”