A slow start in the first 20 minutes of the game and conceding a goal in that time frame put the team on the back foot this afternoon at Peter Mokaba Stadium.
Polokwane City set early domination in the game this afternoon putting pressure on our goal from the opening minute of the game. They held onto their ball possession well and attacked the last third from all angles. This put us into a defensive period of play and the hosts pushed their game plan well.
A well weighted strike form outside the box, saw Mohammed Anas open the scoring for the home side. This put the team in a bad mind space for the remainder of the half.
Our best opportunity of the half came off a free kick from Venter. He struck the ball well from the set piece, cleared the wall but was denied by a well timed dive from Chigova.
Polokwane City tried to take advantage of their position in the closing minutes of the half with a late push towards our goals but were not able to extend the lead before the break.
A tactical change from the break saw Coach Komphela bring on Siyabonga Dube to replace Phiri. The player configuration changed and we looked more confident on the ball.
This saw a considerable change in our play, with a good number of attacking plays up the flanks. Early in the half we had a chance to equalise, Lamola tried to cut in when he found himself one on one with the keeper an ultimately gave the Polokwane defenders enough time to fall back and clear the ball.
We dominated the play in the second 45 but were not able to create the spaces to allow ourselves clear attacking chances. We created a number of opportunities that just never evolved into anything that looked threatening enough.
Polokwane City were quick on the counter in the half. In the 77th minute they managed to score off a corner. replacement Mashumba toed the ball into the right hand side of the net to seal the win for the home side.
We have only a couple of days to consolidate and prepare for our next game at the same venue on Wednesday as we take on Baroka FC