The Team of Choice were especially lively in the first half and could perhaps have even claimed maximum points if they had converted a chance or two.
But coming at the end of a hectic period of fixtures (which continue with the home match against Kaizer Chiefs at the Harry Gwala Stadium on Wednesday night), Coach Fadlu was more than satisfied with the showing his predominantly young charges.
“I’m extremely proud of the players’ performances. They passed the test in terms of grinding it out. When you it’s your third game in six days, it’s understandable if the levels of intensity drops down in the second half,” he said.
“On the other hand in the first half we should have sealed it, 3-0 up and that would have really given us the push to be able to get the result, but at the end of the day I’m proud of them and I think they did fantastic.”
Of particular importance to our head coach is the continued growth and footballing education of his players.
“It’s all lessons for the younger players, how to handle it, how to have game management. Sometimes you don’t get the early goal, sometimes you don’t kill teams off in the first half.
“And then you have to manage, you have to be a bit more smart. And these are lessons for the players. A big game, big match temperament [is required] and we can only get better.
“But credit to Pirates, they came out second half all guns blazing, because in the first half we were really on top of them, in their face, we didn’t allow them to play their game. We played our high intensity game, its understandable how the second half went.
“It wasn’t easy, going down to 10 men, the fatigue in. Then you need mental strength, clear thinking in the roles the players have to execute and I think they did that very well,” coach Fadlu added.
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