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Downs Coach: Erasmus Could've Easily Scored A Hat-Trick

Mamelodi Sundowns co-coach Manqoba Mngqithi believes Kermit Erasmus was very 'unfortunate' against Bloemfontein Celtic.

Read: Downs Drop Points, Celtic Goal Wrongly Ruled Out?

Sundowns failed to score for a second successive DStv Premiership encounter after their goalless draw against Celtic on Tuesday evening.

Erasmus, in particular, squandered a a few good chances, but Mngithi says the team are still not at their sharpest.

"This one was a little bit of a tough one because I think we got some opportunities where we could have opened the game up, it's not going to be easy when they are sitting deep and not giving us space behind the defence," Mngqithi told SuperSport 

"I thought the chances we got in the first-half, Kermit [Erasmus] was very unfortunate today I believe he could have easily scored a hat-trick but on the day he was just very unfortunate, we must just accept that.

"But I still believe we were not at our sharpest point, not very sharp and convincing, maybe when we made the substitutions in the second-half and refreshed the team that's where we started to look [better] with quicker combinations to try and get behind the defence.

"But all in all I still think it was not a performance one would have expected but what can we do? We can just appreciate that we did not concede again and we have not lost a match, they had some scary moments on counter-attacks and they always trouble us on counter-attacks but I think today we dealt with those situations a little bit better," he said.

"It's just not looking good when you're not scoring in two matches in a row being a team like Sundowns, not taking away the fact that their goalkeeper put in some good saves. Jackson [Mabokgwane] did very well on Kermit in the first-half, Sipho Chaine also did very well second-half. We have to go back and work, hopefully in the big one [against Swallows FC on Saturday] we'll be able to get the desired results."

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