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Downs Coach Reacts To Mvala's Red Card

Mamelodi Sundowns co-coach Manqoba Mngqithi was pleased with Mothobi Mvala's showing despite his sending off in the second half.

Read: 10-Man Downs Stage Comeback Win At Leopards

Sundowns got back to winning ways in the DStv Premiership with a come-from-behind 2-1 win away to Black Leopards, with Peter Shalulile netting a brace.

Mngqithi was asked to give his assessment on Mvala, who was sent off on 64 minutes for denying Rodney Ramagalela a clear goal-scoring opportunity.

"I believe he performed very well, he was just caught on a scramble, that ball that went behind him and we know 'RamaG' [Rodney Ramagalela] is very quick, to be honest I cannot blame him that much," the Sudnowns coach told SuperSport after the game.

"I thought he had a little bit of cover, so it might be a yellow card but I might be wrong so I will take the red card as it because I did not see very well but he had to do what he had to do. I cannot blame him. I believe the boy has given a good account of himself and has really fought for us as a centre-back.

"We cannot take away the effort that he has put in, together with Mosa, it's a combination that we even never had during our preparation phase but that combination has pulled through, it has not conceded a goal up until today," he went on.

"But one must say we're letting in some cheap goals, the goal that we conceded against Swallows at the death, the goal that we conceded today, where we saw very well that they were relying more on diagonal balls and they were finding us loose, we were not shifting quickly so that we put a lot of pressure on the ball.

"But surprisingly when we didn't have the numbers, we started to shift the right way and put the pressure that we wanted on the ball and play some enterprising football, I think we could have scored four, five if we used the opportunities that we got but it was encouraging to see the fighting spirit.

"The boys wanted to win this one and they wanted it more when they were short and that's what you can always get in football," he added.

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