Cape Town City assistant coach Vasili Manousakis admits that his team had to be brave after falling two goals behind in the opening half of their league match against Orlando Pirates on Wednesday night.
A second half-brace from Ayanda Patosi saw City rescue a point as the match ended all-square, after Augustine Mulenga and Innocent Maela put the Soweto giants 2-0 up in the first half.
Speaking after the match, and in the absence of coach Benni McCarthy due to family issue, Manousakis said it was key to change their tactics and he is proud of how his players bounced back.
“We set up from the beginning because we knew they were going to press us high and we said we are going to go into a lower-block but we found ourselves 2-0 down, and I say respectfully from two very, very soft goals,” Masousakis told SuperSport after the game.
“We carried on keeping our shape and tried to get to half time – by that time it was damage control.
“At halftime we said that the only way that we have a chance here is to be brave.
“We had to change tactically, and we had to press a little bit higher, and that is what we did.
“We pushed our wingers higher, we played with two in the middle and we said to Patosi that you are going to get one or two chances and he has done fantastically well today.
“We said we were going to be brave. Yes we were a little bit cautious because we could have gone gung-ho and it could have opened up and we could have left ourselves vulnerable to counter, but it didn’t happen.
“We are really proud of the boys and besides from being brave they really showed a lot of character.
“To get a point is not the best but it is good enough considering we were two goals down against a very, very good team who is in form. It was a tale of two halves and at the end of the day probably a fair result.”