We were stronger in the end, Pitso

Pitso Mosimane was pleased that his Mamelodi Sundowns side held on until the end to grab all three points at home against Highlands Park last night.

The victory pushed the Brazilians to second on the Absa Premiership table ahead of Sunday’s top of the log clash with Kaizer Chiefs at Loftus Versfeld Stadium. It was striker Mauricio Affonso’s superbly taken shot in the dying moments of the game that guaranteed Mosimane and his charges got all three points.

“It was a tough game, but you know that when you play Highlands Park you are not going to have it easy. They are very strong, physically good and they don’t allow you the space to play,” the coach said after the game.

“They are very good with one on ones and we knew about it. The only way to score was to take them away from their positions. Hlompho Kekana, for instance, was playing a little bit wider to open up the space and would take their central midfielder to the side.”

Mosimane still felt the game could have been wrapped up earlier.

“We should have scored in the first half and overall we hit the post twice. At some point we felt it wasn’t going to come, but eventually we believed because we were pushing and they were tired in the second half, hence we found spaces to play. It was the first time I saw Highlands tired to be honest, but maybe they spent a lot of energy in the Telkom Knockout cup midweek. We were stronger in the end,” said the coach.

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