Hlompho Kekana of Mamelodi Sundowns is challenged by Thembinkosi Lorch of Orlando Pirates during theAbsa Premiership match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates at the Loftus Stadium on 11 February 2017 ©Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix
Sunday Feb 12, 2017. 15:00
Mamelodi Sundowns head coach Pitso Mosimane admitted that he didn't expect his side to hammer Orlando Pirates 6-0 on Saturday afternoon.
The Brazilians and the Buccaneers had met in a titanic Absa Premiership encounter which was played at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium.
Percy Tau and Thapelo Morena both grabbed braces, while Ricardo Nascimento and Themba Zwane also netted for the defending league champions.
"I was expecting three points, but not six [goals]," Mosimane told the media after the game.
Play had to be stopped after the supporters invaded the pitch after Sundowns scored their sixth goal in the 81st minute.
"These things do happen in football, but I don't want to focus more on that. I think it's also important to brand our game, and the league, well," Mosimane continued.
"These things do happen, but we don't encourage them. But I think we played well – we scored six goals.
"I've been asking the guys, 'when are we going to score enough goals from the opportunities we make?' and the opportunities were there today."
The reigning CAF and PSL Coach of the Year went on to praise the Buccaneers, who dominated in the opening 15 of the encounter.
"But you know what, this game is a funny game. This is the only team this year [season] – Orlando Pirates – that has created holes in our defence," he added.
"Especially in the first 15 minutes, they created holes in our defence, and even as the game went on. They've got a brilliant, brilliant attack.
"When they made so many changes to the players that played against Platinum Stars, and they still have Makola, Norodien, I mean, it's talent in abundance at Orlando Pirates," he continued.
"But we have to give them credit. They played well, attackingly obviously, but at the back they didn't do that well and we found chances, and our movement off the ball was a little too difficult for them. They don't follow runners.
"They also man-marked a little bit, but we then go with a third man running if you do that. But we are happy we scored six goals, we got three points. It was just an awkward game, it didn't flow well. It was spoilt, but it's one of those," he concluded.
The defeat saw Bucs remain on position 10 on the league standings, while the Brazilians also stay fifth on the table.