Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane would have preferred all three points against Chippa United, but was content to see his side continuing on an upward trajectory.
|Pitso Mosimane © Backpagepix
Following their 1-1 draw with Chippa at Athlone on Wednesday, the Brazilians finished 2012 in 10th position, Mosimane having guided the side off the foot of the table.
Against the Chilli Boys the Tshwane team had the lion’s share of possession and chances on goal, but struggled to break down a determined home defence.
But the former Bafana Bafana coach was pleased with the attitudes of his players:
“We are disappointed that we didn’t win, but the performance was good. The team shows dominance. The team shows its Sundowns. The team shows a little bit of arrogance and that’s what we need.
“We came here with a lot of respect, but obviously with the intention to win. We played to win, we attacked as much as we could, I don’t think there is any attack left behind.
“We did our best, we controlled the game, we dominated. We played against a team with a lot of resilience and resistance, with a well organised defence,” Mosimane said.
Home coach Farouk Abrahams was more than pleased with the outcome of the game.
“I’m happy, a point a against a Sundowns team firing on all cylinders, I’m very happy,” he said.
Abrahams however is looking for more composure from the PSL rookies:
“Our pressing was good, but we lack maturity when we have the ball. In the first half when we won possession we gave it back to easily.
“The maturity can only come with game-time – there’s a lot of local boys in there who have come with the team from the Second Division and suddenly they are playing in the bright lights of PSL football, so there are some limitations.
“That is why we play percentage football, not passing the ball around too much in our own half.”