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Downs Coach Reserves Special Praise For Erasmus

Mamelodi Sundowns co-coach Manqoba Mngqithi reserved some special praise for second-half substitue Kermit Erasmus after the 2-0 win over Baroka.

Read: Downs Move Five Points Clear At The Top

Erasmus was introduced in the second half and played a vital role in both second-half goals for Gaston Sirino and Peter Shalulile as the Brazilians moved five points clear at the top of the DStv Premiership table.

"It's always a tough one against Baroka and for whatever reason whenever we play them at home they always give us a tough time," Mngqithi told SuperSport after the game.

"And their transitions can be very dangerous with [Nhlanhla] Mgaga, [Thamsanqa] Masiya and the young boy [Evidence] Makgopa, you saw how a handful he is, aerially he wants to win almost everything, he's the right speciman, very quick, very tall, which gives them a little bit of an advantage.

"Our boys tried to adjust to the challenges we were facing, there were some scary moments in the first half where we did not break the press, Masiya found space behind the defence and we could see that the ball was not covered on their right centre-back [Bonginkosi] Makume," he said.

"And unfortunately he missed, but it was a very good chance and some of the tactical agreements that we put in place to say "you must be aware of this moment" they can always punish us with a second ball, they can punish us out of the wing, looking for space between the centre-backs.

"But overall I think the boys worked very hard, we wanted this result, we wanted to start the second round of the season on a high note and I think we defended very well, Denis [Onyango] also with their throw-ins, we were nearly caught on one of them.

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"And the same Makgopa imagine him flicking the ball with Denis' hands there so it tells you how strong the boy is aerially, he really gives them direction in their play.

"[Goodman] Mosele also, very dominant in midfield, a hard nut to crack which forced us to run a little bit more to try and capitalise on some areas where they were weak. But one must commend the substitutions we made, I think Kermit [Erasmus] influenced the game, we knew what we wanted.

"We wanted someone who will give us a point of reference and somebody that gives us depth to establish play from there and that is why we managed to create the chances that we created.

"Kermit gave a very good account of himself and I was happy for Peter [Shalulile] to score again because he's working very hard for us but at times goals can really elude him but today he gave a very account of himself.

"I'm also impressed that we kept a cleansheet again and with two goals, it could have been better it's still a work in progress,"

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