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Mngqithi – Two Points Lost

Mamelodi Sundowns co-head coach Manqoba Mngqithi has reacted to his side’s goalless draw against Chippa United in the DStv Premiership.

Masandawana faced the Chilli Boys on Tuesday afternoon after beating AmaZulu 1-0 in their opening day fixture of 2021/22.

But they found the going frustrating against Chippa and Mngqithi was not pleased with his team’s overall performance, as they struggled to impose themselves on Gavin Hunt’s team

“For me, it’s two point lost, we did not apply ourselves the way we expected to this match,” Mngqithi said after the game.

“We knew that Gavin is very stubbon and we knew the shape they are going to play with, we know he is going to have three centre backs and wing backs and he will have a five across to try and frustrate us, we did expect that we will kill the space behind the defence.

“And we needed a little bit more, our performance was very cautious first half, lacking incision, lacking the dribbles, lacking forcing the opponents to face their goals. From our own backs, one would have expected more one agaianst one situations, maybe combinations to try and get behind them and put crosses in the box.

“And we did not get that. And that for me was very disappointing because in a game like this, you expect your your team to put their best foot forward. I just think we took the caution side of the game and not wanting to lose possession, more than forcing the game, maybe to create even more transitions and counter press because at times in football, if you try to force yourself in and you lose possession, opponents that want to counter attack, they start to open up for you, then you can counter press immediately and find the openings that you want.

“But when you are safe, and they are saying you must play in front of them, and your full backs are having more than 10 balls, back passes, it’s not going to help you. In one against one situations those were the moments that compromised us a little bit more.

“And I feel to a certain extent when they killed the space behind the defence it also minimized the influence of Peter Shalulile, but had Peter scored the first chance that he got in the game, this game could have turned out different, because that was to me a very easy chance for him to tap it in. Then from there the opponents will be forced to come out and it will present a different game to us.”

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