Ernst Middendorp feels Kaizer Chiefs improved as the game went on in their 3-2 defeat of Polokwane City this past weekend.
Amakhosi were two-nil down after goals from Lesiba Nku (17′) and Jabulani Malulele (61′).
But goals from Willard Katsande (71′), Anthony Akumu (75′) and Samir Nurkovic (76′) turned the tie on its head.
Speaking to the club’s official website, the Chiefs boss acknowledged his side’s struggles early on in the game and the changes he made to secure the result.
He said: “We started slow and conceded two goals – in the 16th and 61st minute. We worked hard to change the situation and it worked out in the end.
“If you look at our starting lineup, we started with four changes from the first game of the resumption of the season. It is always going to be a close call with the decision making.
“We planned and at some point, you look at it and ask if we could do without Willard Katsande or not. And then with Leonardo Castro cramping in the first game, we decided to let him rest and recover.”
The manager added: “At half time we looked at the way City came to us. We also saw the areas we could explore. We made the three changes with Ramahlwe Mphahlele, Bernard Parker and Willard Katsande coming on for Reeve Frosler, Yagan Sasman and Kearyn Baccus. And later, we brought in the 17-year-old Keletso Sifama for Nurkovic. The youngster played very well in his debut and created a possibility with a penalty situation.
“I understand that some supporters would have preferred certain players and I respect our supporters’ views all the time.”
Chiefs are next in action against Bloemfontein Celtic at TUKS Stadium on Wednesday.