Manqoba Mngqithi says that Swallows’ last minute goal on Saturday was a sucker punch, and he felt Mamelodi Sundowns had done enough to win the game.
Musa Nyatama scored in stoppage time to force a 1-1 draw, cancelling out Kermit Erasmus’ earlier goal in the top-of-the-table clash.
Mngqithi says he was frustrated by the result, which was a missed opportunity for Sundowns to go three points clear at the top.
The draw also allowed SuperSport United to catch up with Sundowns and Swallows on 27 points, after their victory over TTM on Sunday.
“We started the game very well with a high press and we wanted to press them from the back and that is where the goal came from,” Mngqithi said after Saturday’s game.
“We did a lot of good work in the first half where we made sure that we we did not give them time and that gave us a more dominant first half. In the second half, we were dragged because they were playing more long balls and we had to make changes like Pitso to try and close down Vuyo Mere and close down Lebo Mokoena, with Vilakazi and that worked tremendously well.”
“But unfortunately, they kept pumping the balls forward and we knew they will get the fouls and set pieces and we were punished from that”.
“The equaliser was a sucker punch, those last five minutes our players lost character, started kicking the balls out and not playing even when they had options around them and resulted in the foul.”
“The truth of the matter is it felt bad in a game where you think you did everything in your power to get the result and it was at the death of the game where we conceded that silly goal.”
Sundowns will have an opportunity to move clear at the top though on Wednesday when they take on Black Leopards at Thohoyandou Stadium.
SuperSport and Swallows are not in action during the week, but will face each other on Saturday at the Lucas Masterpieces Moripe Stadium.
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