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Downs Coach: We Were Still In Christmas Mode

Mamelodi Sundowns co-coach Manqoba Mngqithi claims his charges were still in 'Christmas mode' during their win over Orlando Pirates.

Read: Downs End Pirates' Unbeaten Run

Brian Onyango's first-half header was enough to hand Sundowns a 1-0 win over the Soweto giants in the first DStv Premiership encounter on Saturday afternoon.

"I think it went the way we planned yet. I still think we were a bit in Christmas mode, " Mngqithi told SuperSport after the game.

"I think we could have scored a lot of goals in this match. We could have been more composed and clinical in our moments. Because we knew they have a very high line. There were times when their keeper was left alone with Hlatshwayo, but we never really exploited those moments.

"Once again we should compliment the work done by everyone around the team. I believe the group is working very hard, the technical staff, support staff and players.

"When you want to win a championship, it's very important to have depth. We've had moments where already this year we lost maybe eight or nine players. The game against Arrows, for example. But we still managed to come back with something and people thought we are saving players for the Champions League.

"It was not the case because players were just not available for many other reasons. But we went onto Botswana with a team that was again short of ten or 11 players. And once again the group worked very hard and we managed to come back with the result."

Click through the gallery below to see action from Downs' win over Pirates:

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