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Seema: Set-piece defending killed us

Bloemfontein Celtic coach Lehlohonolo Seema pointed to his side's poor defending of set-pieces as the reason for their 5-3 loss to Kaizer Chiefs in Durban on Saturday.

Seema's side saw themselves go in to the lead only to be pegged back by their own inept defending at free-kicks and corners as Chiefs continue to employ the direct style of play that has worked so well for them thus far this season.

Samir Nurkovic grabbed a rare PSL hat-trick, while Leonardo Castro got a brace.

And Seema believes his side were not beaten but rather a victim of their own mistakes.

"I think we gave the game away, that is the only they could score through the set-pieces. We worked on them, we spoke about them even at half-time, every time we scored, they went on to have a set-piece and scored," the Siwelele tactician told SuperSport TV.

"It's either we are not marking properly or the defence went to sleep knowing that is one of their strongest point. In any case, we'll have to soldier on, unfortunately the injuries are not helping us either especially at the back also, we always to try to patch and use whatever we have.

"But today it was just the set-pieces, we were aware that those are their strongest point but we continued to give set pieces away, we couldn't defend them better and they proved to be very strong on set-pieces.

"I don't think [we did] anything [wrong] tactically, in the field of play... we contained them, we were even better than them but up until...I can't believe we scored three goals and we didn't win the game. Once they led, then we knew it was going to be very difficult for us to come [back], but we'll have to soldier on and learn. We have to shift again the defence, [Mzwanele] Mahashe got his fourth yellow card, defensively you could see that we were a little bit thin."

The Phunya Sele Sele mentor explained that it had been a ploy of his side to hit Chiefs on the counter-attack and exploit the high line the Amakhosi hold on defence, which worked for the men from Bloemfontein, especially in the first half.

"We knew that Chiefs will play a high line and either leave three guys at the back there and you don't have to stay centre, you just stretch them, hit the ball to the space, with the pace that we have, we couldn't [in the second-half].

"Also keeping the ball we could have done better but the pace, you could see what we had planned worked and it gave us three goals, it was just for us to defend better in terms of set-pieces and it's one the areas they are very strong. But ja we'll have to soldier on," added Seema.