Absa Premiership

Troughton: We knew Pirates would keep the ball

Sammy Troughton (Supplied)
Sammy Troughton (Supplied)

Cape Town - University of Pretoria coach Sammy Troughton believes that his AmaTuks side were in the game right until Orlando Pirates scored their second goal in the dying minutes of the encounter.

According to KickOff, Troughton admits that he expected the Buccaneers to hold onto the ball for long periods in their Absa Premiership match at the Orlando Stadium.

“We were always in it, we were in it right to the death but the second goal was a bit of a killer,” said Troughton.

“We knew Pirates would have a lot of possession of the ball but we countered well, we had a few chances first half and in our position you need to take those chances.

“There were some good individual performances but unfortunately the first goal [in the 47th minute], we just spoke in the change-room and within two minutes [after coming out they scored]…

“I said to the two wide players they have to track back with the full-backs … Thabo Mosadi hasn’t gone with the lad [Thabo Matlaba] and he’s put it in the top-left corner.”