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Rulani: The Monkey Is Off Our Back Now

Mamelodi Sundowns co-coach Rulani Mokwena said the monkey is finally off their back after conceding their first goal in the DStv Premiership this season.

The DStv Premiership leaders drew 2-2 with Tshwane rivals SuperSport United, despite leading 2-0 for most of the match.

The mentor refused to single out any players for special praise despite the standout displays from the likes of Neo Maema, who bagged a goal and an assist.

“Look, I think it becomes very difficult after such a result and particularly after such a performance to speak of any individuals," Mokwena told SuperSport after the game.

“Because I think we believed that at Sundowns it’s always a collective effort in good and in bad moments so we take it and of course with regards to the individual application of Neo was probably the same as everybody else on the pitch,” he said.

“I think there was desire, commitment and there was a lot of work ethic but in certain very important moments like our high-press, build –up phases where for example we tried to build-up especially in the second half when they overloaded with Jamie Webber we couldn’t come out.

“They had six situations where they build-up and they came out and we couldn’t stop it and normally we are very good at that so the detail let us down a little bit.

“But everything for today to be honest I think we played too fast, too vertical, too direct, too many long balls that compromises too many things.

“You lose a little bit a feeling of control of the pitch, you lose your compactness because you don’t have time to be close to each other so when you play too fast this is what happens.

“You then turn possession away, but ok then good we move, we take a point, no cry. We just soldier on, it’s still a long season. The good thing the monkey is of our back now.

“We can’t talk about not conceding anymore. So that’s probably a good thing, the pressure is off the players.”

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