Black Leopards co-caretaker coach Morgan Shivambu says they knew Kaizer Chiefs would not be able to last 90 minutes.
Tiklas Thutlwa bagged a brace on his return to the Leopards line-up as they come from behind to claim a 2-1 win over the Soweto giants on Wednesday afternoon.
Shivambu felt Chiefs' travelling from Tanzania this past weekend would affect their ability to see out the 90 minutes.
"The only thing that worked for us was to deal with the second balls from Chiefs, that was our plan because we knew playing-wise they will never match us," Shivambu told SuperSport after the match.
"But with long balls because they've got big guys we have to deal with the second ball. We didn't start well, first ten minutes we conceded a goal because of those second balls.
"But from there we regrouped, played well, we moved the ball quicker because we knew they are just coming from Tanzania, they [Chiefs] will never last 90 minutes.
"That's what we kept on telling them to rotate the ball, move it quicker so that the tempo will go down for them. We knew they will never last 90 minutes.
Despite picking up a vital win, Shivambu is well aware of the tough task facing his side ahead of the final two games.
"We still have a mountain to climb, we still have a grenade on our hand until the next game, it's only us who can take the grenade and drop it in front of everyone but at the moment we're still carrying that grenade," he added.
"So looking at the game against Cape Town [City], that's where it will decide whether to drop the granade or what. Once we get something there then we'll drop it, anything can happen."