SuperSport United head coach Kaitano Tembo believes his side were punished for not taking their chances against Orlando Pirates.
SuperSport resumed DStv Premiership action with a 2-1 loss to the Buccaneers at Orlando Stadium on Saturday evening.
Tshegofatso Mabaso popped up with a late winner for Pirates, but Tembo felt it wasn't a game they deserved to lose.
"I thought we started very well, we got into good areas, we played a little bit more effective football, in possession and out of possession and we denied them transitions because they always want to play on transitions," Tembo told SuperSport after the match.
"So they could not get the spaces behind, so we did very well. We also got into the areas I think we with a little bit of better decision-making, in terms of choosing the right options we could have done better.
"I think it is one game we didn't deserve to lose but that's how it goes when you don't take your chances, if you don't score goals it's always difficult to win a game."
Despite suffering defeat, Tembo praised Sipho Mbule for his season debut after missing the previous games through injury.
"Sipho had a fantastic game, he played very well this is his first game of the season but I think he fared very well, I never thought he would play 90 minutes but he played 90 minutes and to me that was positive," he said.
"We didn't have legs a little bit, you know Jones [Lungu] went to Zambia, travelled to Botswana, he only trained on Thursday only. Jamie [Webber] also travelled to Saudi Arabia [with the SA U-23 team], so we didn't really have legs on the bench to try and change the game for us," he added