We were the better team: Neeskens
After one of the most comprehensive performances of the season, grabbing a 3-1 win over Santos in Atteridgeville on Sunday, Mamelodi Sundowns' coach Johan Neeskens was delighted to see his team regaining composure in the race for the Premiership title.
Sundowns picked up only their second win from their last six league matches, climbing back to the top of the table in the final stretch of the season.
"It was important that we got the three points, and that we got back on a winning streak again," Neeskens said after the match.
The Brazilians, equal on 49 points with Orlando Pirates but well ahead on goal difference, went 2-0 up before the break, and showed a hunger for goals by the number of chances they created.
"I think the team played well, especially in the first half," Neeskens said.
"In the final third, the passes were better than in our other games.
"We got a little bit of help from Santos with the first goal but then we were the much better team.
"We scored a beautiful second goal with a terrific cross and a fantastic header.
Neeskens said his side dominated most of the match but then appeared to relax towards the end.
"We controlled the whole first half, and still 15 minutes into the second half, but then when we scored the third goal we didn't play that well anymore," he said.
"It was also because maybe the intention to go forward is good, but [when you are] 3-0 up, I think some midfield players play a little bit more back."
Neeskens believed there was little difference in his side's performances after two successive defeats, and the only change was his players' ability to make use of their chances.
"I think we