Maritzburg United head coach Ernst Middendorp says Mamelodi Sundowns' quality was the difference in the end as his side suffered a 2-0 defeat on Wednesday afternoon.
The Brazilians broke the deadlock just before the break through a penalty scored by Ricardo Nascimento and Gift Motupa, who created the spot-kick, sealed the three points for Masandawana with the second goal late in the game.
"Two situations in the beginning of the game we were lucky not to concede but all of a sudden I think we had three very good opportunities out of our pressing moments, going into the final third," Middendorp told SuperSport after the match.
"Ja, out of these three opportunities then you have to score, you have make it, good of course directly at the end of the first-half to concede with a penalty you know which situations you are.
"Don't open too much, keep your structure, try to find a way to create some opportunities, good you see the difference in terms of quality, in terms of the individual, comparing to Sundowns not on the same level," he said.
"That's the story in the end, out of four possibilities they scored twice, we had probably three or four, we didn't score and this is the details, the little small stuff in terms of you're in the game, how you're picking up the opportunities when you work them out.
"It was not by accident all these opportunities were quite prepared through good pressing, getting the ball, going straight forward into the box. All three moments was definitely not by accident it was very clear structured as we were thinking to do from the beginning till the end," he continued.
"It's just small details in terms of positioning, making the right decision, where definitely you have to be on your best if you want to have a chance, I think this is definitely something we have to come into it.
"Actually, good, I'm looking into the goal difference too, we still have a good goal difference at the bottom, our next game on the 12th of May [at home against Golden Arrows] is something definitely very crucial for us to prepare properly," he added.