| Mosimane: We stopped Pirates from partying

Cape Town – Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane was happier with the performance than the result as they shared the spoils with Orlando Pirates in a goalless draw on Saturday.

The Brazilians maintained their unbeaten start to the Absa Premiership campaign as the stalemate at Loftus Versfeld took them within two points of the top three.

It was a tight affair in Tshwane as the two title rivals matched one another in every department, and Mosimane was happy to stop the Buccaneers from dominating proceedings.

But the 54-year-old was less pleased with the outcome of the game as he felt Sundowns did enough to nick all three points in front of their home fans.

“Obviously when you play at home, you want to win,” Mosimane said after the match. “Are we disappointed with the draw? Yes.

“I think we played well to be honest. We played a very good team. We played a team that always dominates everybody. We didn’t want to allow that. We had to press them from the top.

“The most important thing was to close spaces and not allow them to play because they’re very good. They’re a good team so we closed space for them to play.

“They always have parties. We don’t want to allow parties at Loftus. We are a strong team and we are a good team, they can’t just do what they have been doing.

“Credit to Pirates coach Micho Sredojevic, he has done very well. You can see that the team is very good. It was pound for pound and we came out well.

“I wasn’t happy with the result, but I am not unhappy with the play. The boys played well. They fought. You can’t just allow teams to play the way they play. No. This is Mamelodi Sundowns.”

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