Clayton Daniels of Supersport United challenged by Tendai Ndoro of Orlando Pirates during the 2016 Nedbank Cup Final match between Supersport United and Orlando Pirates at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane, South Africa on May 28, 2016 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix
Monday May 30, 2016. 10:55
SuperSport United defender Clayton Daniels has explained that even scoring an unfortunate own goal didn’t break his concentration in the Nedbank Cup final on Saturday.
United weathered a second-half storm from Orlando Pirates to claim a 3-2 victory and win their fourth Nedbank Cup title.
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The Tshwane team was 3-1 up at half time after a superb performance in the first 45 minutes, but the second stanza threatened to go against them after Daniels put the ball into his own net from a cross by Thabo Matlaba a few minutes after the restart.
However, Daniels and his fellow defenders simply knuckled down and made sure that the Buccaneers had no further joy in attack.
"We knew that they were going to come but we were three up," said Daniels, as quoted by Kick Off.
"So we knew that we have one more [goal] to protect and I think we did very well.
"But nothing went to my mind [after the own goal] and it is just one of those things.
“I knew that we were one up and I’m going to defend for my whole life, defending one goal and we did that."
Daniels also gave credit to coach Stuart Baxter for uniting Matsatsantsa’s squad into a “family” following the sacking of Gordon Igesund in January.
"It’s a blessing in disguise for us to have a coach of this calibre coming to this team, doing ever so well and bringing all the players on to one page,” the defender added.
"And to pick the identity of how we are going to play and all the players, even those who were not playing, even them they have done well and are top professionals.
"It is why we are a family, a team and we did very well."