Orlando Pirates head coach Josef Zinnbauer admitted his players perhaps had the upcoming clash with Cape Town City on their minds as they laboured to a 1-0 win over Uthongathi in the Nedbank Cup.
The Buccaneers booked their place in the Last 16 of the cup competition thanks to Gabadinho Mhango's goal on the hour mark, having been knocked out in the first round in the previous two campaigns.
While it was not a convincing win over the Championship outfit, Zinnbauer was satisfied with the result.
"You play against a first division team and it's a concentration thing for the players," Zinnbauer told SuperSport TV.
"It's football, most of the time when you don't score early then it's difficult. The opponent gets the second [wind] goes forward with nothing to lose.
"We have to run, and you see the field, it's a very [big] field. It's a lot of energy and you see the players thinking 'oh we have Tuesday the next game against Cape Town City.'
"Maybe it's the mindset from the players. But from us what's important is that we are in the next round and that was the target today."
Pirates will now turn their attention towards their clash with the Citizens at Orlando Stadium on Tuesday, with the two teams separated by just two points in the Premiership standings.
Zinnbauer added: "We have to focus now on the next game against City and then we have to wait which opponent is coming and then we have time to focus on the Nedbank.
"But first is next week, the league then comes the Caf. We have a lot of games in the past and a lot of games in the future."
- TEAMtalk media