Bloemfontein Celtic head coach Veselin Jelusic felt Lorenzo Gordinho's red card affected their game plan against Orlando Pirates.
Celtic were level at 1-1 when Gordinho, who netted the visitors' equaliser, was sent off for a professional foul on Thamsanqa Gabuza.
The Free State outfit went on to lose 2-1 but Jelusic was proud of his side's display at Orlando Stadium.
“I’m very happy about our performance. We tried to play an open game but we had a few chances to score and we didn’t," Jelusic told SuperSport after the game.
“The result is not good for us, but as I said I’m satisfied with the commitment of our players,” he said after the game.
“Yes, we wanted to come closer and scored the goal but after that, we got a red card and the situation was no longer the same.
“It was much more difficult. Even with a player less, we tried to achieve a better result but unfortunately, we didn’t."