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'Being Out For Such A Long Time Can Affect You'

Orlando Pirates full-back Wayde Jooste reveals he had to be mentality strong while sitting on the bench waiting for his chance.

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Jooste made his first start in the league since 17th January, which was a 2-0 defeat to Black Leopards in Limpopo, on Thursday evening as the Soweto giants defeated Lidoda Duvha 3-0 in the reverse fixture.

The 29-year-old was rewarded with the Man of the Match award on his return to the starting line-up, but he was made aware of the own goal he scored on last start against Leopards.

"I don't want to remember because it didn't end well for me and the team. But we knew they are coming here today and we have to give them something," Jooste told SuperSport after the game.

"It's all about the mentality, I haven't started for a while and being out for such a long time can affect you mentally but I had to be strong and just wait for my chance and tonight was my chance."

Despite picking up three goals and a clean sheet, Jooste felt the scoreline could have been even bigger.

"First and foremost all the glory must go to God, it wasn't only me playing tonight. There was a lot of changes tonight and everybody knew we have to work hard," he said.

"The guys coming fighting for the places in the team and we knew we have to fight for the three points as well because we're still not out of the league.

"I think it should have been more, I think you guys know it should have been much more, we went to half-time nil-nil but we knew we should have three or maybe four goals to the good but we kept our heads up," he said.

"We just told each other, 'look, we have to keep going' and we knew if the first goal comes there's gonna be more.

"With me on one side and [Bongani] Sam on the other side we both gonna push forward for the full 90 [minutes] but we have to be disciplined, when we do lose the ball we have to be aware of the spaces we leave behind, we have to be good in attack and disciplined in defence as well."

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