Chippa United head coach Vladislav Heric says his side were non-existent in the first half of the Nedbank Cup final.
The Chilli Boys suffered defeat in their first major final after Ndabayithethwa Ndlondlo's first-half goal handed Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila a 1-0 win in Bloemfontein on Saturday night.
"We tried to approach this game like any other game without the pressure. But unfortunately, first half an hour we didn't exist. it's like we were enchanted," Heric told SuperSport after the game.
"The last 15 minutes of the first half we started to play something, we started to recover from the shock of conceding a goal from that rebound. The first half from both sides there was no chances and we get that cracker if I may say and then we were shocked.
"Second half, we came like a different team. We looked much more organised, much more better, more offensive. We moved more but we couldn't penetrate. We couldn't create the chances. Maybe one or two but it was not enough for us to recover the game. It's sad for those who work hard to be in a final and now to lose it.
"I believe that we must focus on the relegation campaign and try to get ourselves safe in the PSL. That's the only way we can turn.
When asked going forward how he wanted to see his side play, the Serb tactician responded: "I want us to play like we played second half. With some corrections I believe we can create the chances. Because now the main obstacle will be to motivate the players to carry on in a successful way.
"We will find a way to get out of relegation. I believe in my players, no matter that we lost today. I'm taking the mistakes they made. Im one hundred percent behind the success in the future."
Re-live the action from TTM's win over Chippa in the final: