Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane believes strong performances from their substitutes helped them advance in the Nedbank Cup.
Sundowns advanced to the final of the tournament with a thrilling 3-2 win over Bidvest Wits, which included late goals from two different subsitutes, Lyle Lakay and Keletso Makgalwa.
"He [Lakay] helped us there and Keletso also, you know the two super-subs. We could not stay on with the big-name players, Themba Zwane and [Sibusiso] Vilakazi," Mosimane said after the game.
"You know we needed the super-subs and it's a lesson to everybody to say, you need the depth to continue on this thing."
He went on to admit the initial reasoning behind the changes were to rest key players ahead of their crucial Premiership clash against Orlando Pirates in mid-week
"So, we are saving them for the game on Tuesday and I told the guys if they think this is stress, the serious stress is coming on Tuesday but at least we are in the final. That's what is important for us, the team fought, and yeah it's a good spirit," he said.
"But you can see we are not the same, we don't have the flow, we don't play as good as we always play but it's a cup match and it's football under Covid-19.
"After not playing football for four months and we score three goals - I think that's the positive side of it."
Speaking after the match, the experienced Clever Boys manager said they are now turning their focus to the league clash against the PSL log leaders, Kaizer Chiefs, on Wednesday night at FNB Stadium.
Wits coach Gavin Hunt cut a downcast figure after the match and could only lament the side's tough luck this season.
"That's our life and story at the moment, it's our lives at Bidvest Wits at the moment. So, yeah we'll pick ourselves up, try and go again on Wednesday," Hunt said.
"Look, I can't get involved in that debate [on whether Mhlongo is to blame for the third goal or not], those are bad mistakes, in the two last goals in my point of view…the first goal as well.
"You know you really have to question some of the decisions but that's football and that the way our life at Bidvest Wits is at the moment, you know and I feel for the players.
"As I said they don't deserve it but we lost to a better team. We had them, we wanted them, but we didn't take advantage of the situation.
"You can't concede goals like that, certainly all three of them. But I'm not going to finger any blame here."
- TEAMtalk media