Low five



September 15, 2016
Low five

HUMDINGER: Ajax v Pirates

Ajax's De Sa: Five minutes of madness cost us three points

Roger de Sa says “five minutes of madness” cost his Ajax Cape Town side in their 2-1 loss to Orlando Pirates.

The Urban Warriors boss believes his side deserved more from Tuesday night’s clash at Cape Town Stadium.

The hosts played well enough to at least get a point against the Sowetan giants.

But in five first-half minutes the Ajax defence switched off and Tendai Ndoro punished them.

A rueful De Sa says: “There was about five minutes of madness for us there and it cost us.

“They [Pirates] are a good team with good players and if you give them half a chance, they are going to take it.

“Apart from that I thought we gave as good as we got.

“There were moments we were better than them, we certainly had more chances on goal and we have to learn from that and take those chances [in the future].

“I think that was the difference, that little bit of quality in the final third from Pirates.

“But they were on the ropes in the last 15-20 minutes and holding on.

“It was not like a 
Pirates team that I would imagine, but they did the job.

“They came here and got three points and we got nothing. But overall I thought our performance was not bad.”

De Sa can be forgiven for feeling unlucky as Pirates goalkeeper Brighton Mhlongo made save after save as the Warriors tried to force their way back and get their first win of the PSL season.

But Nathan Paulse’s second-half header was all the Cape side could show for all their efforts.

Bucs coach and former Ajax mentor Muhsin Ertugral was unhappy with his team’s performance, despite maintaining their 100 percent start to the campaign.

The Turk says: “You can see from my body language that I am not happy.

“We should have had another goal in the first half, but also you cannot come here and play a certain type of football.

“We knew that Nathan would make those runs and our positioning was not good enough. After that we were under pressure, we could not get our foot on the ball.”

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