'It's two points lost' - Manqoba Mngqithi after TTM stalemate

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Manqoba Mngqithi (Gallo Images)
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Mamelodi Sundowns head coach Manqoba Mngqithi rued his side's inability to transfer their dominance into three points after being held to a goalless draw by TTM at Loftus Versfeld Stadium on Wednesday.

Despite enjoying a mammoth 70% of ball possession, Sundowns failed to break down their opponents' defence in a frustrating night for the defending Premiership champions.

"It's two points lost," joint-head coach Manqoba Mngqithi told SuperSport TV post-match. "Because honestly speaking we pushed them from the first whistle, we never gave them time to play.

"We created three good opportunities from our high press and were unfortunate not to get a goal or something on target.

"Peter Shalulile had a big chance, the captain had a chance in the early stages of the game, it was just unfortunate that when you don't take your chances against teams that are sitting back and hoping to catch you on a counter, you have to be worried.

"At a certain point I got worried that maybe this game is where they'll get one good counter-attack and punish us."

Mngqithi bemoaned the fact that his side were denied a legitimate penalty in his opinion after Keletso Makgalwa was brought down inside the box towards the end of the match.

"I still believe that was a clear penalty. We have not received any update but it was a result of that challenge that was supposed to be a penalty, in my own opinion.

"I have not even looked at the video yet but from what I saw I believe that was a very clear penalty, unfortunately players lose their careers, they get seriously damaged based on injuries like those that are not taken seriously by the match officials at times."

Sundowns next travel to Cape Town where they will face Cape Town City in a league clash on 4 November.

Kick-off is at 19:30.

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