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MTN8 2018

Larsen: We Tried To Go Toe-To-Toe

Despite seeing his side exit the MTN8 following a 2-0 loss to Mamelodi Sundowns on Saturday, Golden Arrows coach Clinton Larsen reveals he was very proud of his charges for taking the game to the opponents.

Read: Sundowns Cruise Into MTN8 Semi-Finals

Speaking after the match Larsen confesses that they tried to go toe-to-toe with the defending champions, but you simply can’t afford to lose the ball in key areas on the pitch or you will be punished.

“From the onset the boys really tried to go toe-to-toe,” Larsen told SuperSport after the game.

“I don’t think Sundowns expected us to play the way we did in the first half where we tried to be on the front foot and tried to play offensively. I thought playing (Danny) Venter a bit deeper as a playmaker worked and it improved our build-up play.

“I was very proud of the performance. Yes we could have done a bit better by closing (Sibusiso) Vilakazi down on the edge of the box with the first goal, but besides from that I thought the players did very well.

“In the second half we conceded a goal because we lost possession on the edge of the box and good teams are going to punish you if you lose the ball in those areas.

“It is a learning curve for the players, but I thought it was a huge improvement on our last match in terms of the team performance, so it is a step in the right direction.

“There are lots of positives to take from this game.”

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